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Springfield ‘Mayor’ Tawny Hammond steps down

Tawny Hammond was president of the Springfield Civic Association in Fairfax County for ten years. That’s a long time to do all the meetings, newsletters, phone calls and complaint listening that the heads of these civic groups somehow, bless ‘em, volunteer for.

She’s decided to step down, and on Tuesday the Fairfax Board of Supervisors honored Hammond not only for her service, but for making her community group accessible to the disabled. She also successfully tackled the tough neighborhood issues of boarding houses and hoarding, and a host of Fairfax’s political heavies turned out at Crestwood Elementary School last week to honor her, according to James Cullum in the Kingstowne Patch.

Tawny Hammond is honored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for her ten years as president of the Springfield Civic Association. (Fairfax County government)

Hammond told the group she’d stay involved. “I’m not quitting and I’m not retiring, because I don’t believe in those things. My faith and my community are tied and you don’t retire from things that are responsibilities and privileges.”

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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