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14th Annual Cafritz Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees

Now in its 14th year, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees were created to honor the best in public service by the District’s municipal workers. This year’s winners were selected from over 300 nominations.

“Some Washington-area residents may not realize that, today, the District of Columbia employs over 32,000 individuals. There are many who serve quietly but deserve to be publicly honored. Tonight, I am delighted to congratulate all of the winners and finalists who are being recognized at the 14th Annual Cafritz Awards Gala,” said Calvin Cafritz, President and CEO.

The 2015 winners are:

Barbara "Bobbie" Dougherty, Adult and Teen Services Librarian, DC Public Library, has redefined the way that we think about how public libraries engage with the community, particularly young adults. She created the DC Punk Archive and the Tour de DCPL, now in its fifth year.

Mark Jackson, Supervisory Probation Officer, DC Courts, led the development of a strategy to decrease truancy referrals, resulting in a decrease in court-involved children, youth and families. As a result, the truancy rate in DC Public Schools decreased from 31.6 percent to 18 percent, from 2010 to 2014.

Cheryl Robertson, Supervisory Human Resources Specialist, DC Department of Human Resources, has improved the effectiveness and efficiency of DC Government services. As a result of the programs Cheryl manages and supervises, the District Government was able to save more than $25 million in less than two years.

Ruth Trocolli, Ph.D., City Archeologist, DC Office of Planning, established the City's first-ever archeology Geographic Information System, or GIS. As DC's sole archeologist, the new GIS, tools and programs Ruth has brought to the Historic Preservation Office, ensures that the District's history will be preserved and appreciated for generations to come.

Jason Woods, Firefighter/EMT, DC Fire and Emergency Management Services, led his team in developing a training program to train firefighters on ways to reduce or prevent burn injuries. As a direct result of the program, the DC Fire Department has seen a 25% decrease in burn injuries among its 1,800 firefighters. The program is now being delivered across the United States.

The awards program is administered by the Center for Excellence in Municipal Management at George Washington University. For more information about program history, selection criteria and nomination process go to www.cafritzawards.org.

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