Police chief moves into new role focused on public safety

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Police Chief David M. Rohrer to a new deputy county executive position that will be focused on public safety.

Rohrer will be responsible for overseeing the police department, fire and rescue department, office of emergency management and the Department of Public Safety Communications.

Deputy County Executive Rob Stalzer has been overseeing public safety, as well as planning, development and transportation. Stalzer will continue focusing on those other areas.

“A dedicated deputy county executive for public safety is better able to quickly respond to events as they occur and to coordinate regional preparedness in advance,” County Executive Ed Long said in a statement.

Rohrer has been with county police for almost 32 years and was appointed chief in 2004. He has served two terms as chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments police chiefs committee.

Rohrer has a bachelor’s degree in justice administration from George Mason University. His annual salary will be $191,168.

Supervisors approve Capital One revitalization in Tysons Corner

Capital One has the go-ahead to build a headquarters on its Tysons Corner campus and redevelop the surrounding area of its office park into an urban neighborhood oriented toward the new Silver Line Metro station that bounds the property.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the redevelopment proposal Sept. 25.

After a “demonstration project,” which was used to test the county’s new land-use rules and vision for Tysons Corner, “this was the first major rezoning,” Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) said. “It is very much in concert with the vision for Tysons.”

The project includes about a dozen new buildings in four development areas, arranged around a new street grid. Including the existing facilities, the project represents about 5 million square feet of development, including offices, apartments, shops, restaurants, a hotel and parking garages. A community center, indoor basketball courts and community parks also are incorporated into the development.

Fairfax adds Turkish sister city
to those in China, South Korea

Officials from Kecioren, Turkey, visited the Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 25 to sign a memorandum of understanding with the county under the sister city program.

Kecioren is in the Ankara province and has a population similar in size to Fairfax County. Like Fairfax, Kecioren is extending rail through its urban areas and is investing heavily in revitalization and beautification efforts.

Fairfax County also has sister jurisdictions in China and South Korea. According to the county’s Web site, the purpose of the program is to find areas that share many of the same attributes as Fairfax and look for opportunities for collaboration.

Herndon Festival wins international awards

The International Festivals & Events Association recognized the Herndon Festival at the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony at its annual convention last week. The Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, which produces the Herndon Festival, was presented with three IFEA Pinnacle Awards.

— Fairfax County Times