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James City County employee, HeritageHumane Society honored


Date: December 17, 2004


Contact: Ruth Richey, Communications Specialist


Phone:(757) 253-6864




James City County'sBoard Chairman Bruce C. Goodson recently presented his 2004 Chairman's Award to Suzanne Mellen for her extraordinary efforts recouping more than $8 million in state and federal reimbursements for County expenses after Hurricane Isabel.


Goodson also presented a 2004 Chairman's Award to the Heritage Humane Society for the outstanding service of its volunteers who "work unselfishly and untiringly for the welfare of all animals in the Greater Williamsburg area." The Humane Society is currently undertaking a capital campaign for the construction of a new facility at Waller Mill Road.


"Suzanne Mellen continues to demonstrate initiative and leadership," Goodson said at the Dec. 14 Board meeting. Federal, state and private auditors have praised the County's "exemplary thoroughness and organization" of the documentation supporting reimbursements for expenses resulting from the hurricane last year. FEMA and other agencies have also used the County as a model to illustrate how to apply for reimbursements.


Mellen, who has worked for the County since 1987, is currently serving as Assistant County Administrator in a special assignment until March 31. She was named Budget and Accounting Director in 2001.


Mellen has a master's in Public Administration from Old Dominion University (ODU) and serves on ODU's Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration Advisory Council.


She has a bachelor's in accounting from Christopher Newport University. In addition, she is currently enrolled in the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Historic Triangle Leadership Program. She and her husband, Jim, and their two children live in James City County.


The Chairman's Awards are presented annually by the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in recognition of outstanding public service.



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