The Virginia Association of Counties presented its most prestigious award to former VACo President and current Fairfax County Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland on November 8 during VACo’s 81st Annual Conference in Bath County.
“Gerry will complete his sixth term as Fairfax County Supervisor at the end of 2015,” VACo Executive Director James D. Campbell said. “We are honored to present the Jefferson Cup to a man so devoted to his community and to county government. Gerry has served on the VACo Board of Directors for 27 years and has been a key liaison to the National Association of Counties during that time. He is well-deserving of our association’s highest honor.”
Hyland was the sixth Fairfax County Supervisor to serve as VACo President when he was elected in 2002. The former 30-year Air Force veteran contributed his time and talent to multiple VACo committees as well as assisting and partnering with supervisors from across the state.
But it is perhaps his work as Virginia’s representative to NACo that will leave the longest impression. Hyland is known as a man who builds trust and partnerships across all sizes of county government and with state and federal officials.
“I have served on the VACo Board of Directors for the past 19 years,” said Past President and fellow Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross. No former VACo board member has more ‘street cred’ in VACo and NACo than Gerry Hyland. During his many terms in office, Gerry has built bridges to elected officials in other counties and other states, which helped put VACo on the national map.”
Hyland is a member of the NACo Board of Directors through his VACo appointment. He has diligently served on numerous NACo committees and task forces, including the Finance Committee and the Programs and Services Committee.
Early this year, Hyland announced his retirement from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors effective December 31. The Supervisor said his decision to retire “was one of the most difficult things in my life. Nothing has given me more satisfaction than the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Hyland runs a private law practice, Hyland and Hyland. He also owns a working farm on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Hyland is the first Jefferson Cup recipient since 2012 when VACo honored former Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett.