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James City County honors employee, tax assistance programs

Date: December 16, 2005
Contact: Ruth Richey, Acting Communications Director

Phone: (757) 253-6864


James City County's Board Chairman Michael J. Brown recently presented his 2005 Chairman's Award to John Carnifax for his leadership in developing award-winning recreational activities for residents.


Brown also presented a 2005 Chairman's Award to two volunteer programs that help low income and elderly residents prepare their individual tax returns, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and Tax-Aide. Brown presented the award to local volunteers Matt Broderick from the IRS's volunteer program sponsored by Colonial Williamsburg and Patricia D. Groeninger from the Tax-Aide program sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons.


"John Carnifax was instrumental in developing the regional partnership with the City of Williamsburg that resulted in the (Waller Mill) regional dog park, the addition of the new playground and pedestrian bridge at Little Creek Reservoir Park, the partnership with the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens that resulted in a demonstration project at Freedom Park, and the construction of youth baseball fields at the Warhill Sports Complex," Brown said at the Dec. 13 Board of Supervisors meeting. Carnifax was also cited for his work developing projects that supported the bond referendum that was passed resoundingly by voters this past fall.


Carnifax has worked for the County for the past eight years. He is currently serving as Acting Parks & Recreation Director in a special assignment until April 15. He was named parks superintendent in 1997.


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



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