- Mary Hughes Hynes to serve as Vice Chair
- Outgoing Chairman J. Walter Tejada announces Board intention
ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County Board Vice Chairman Jay Fisette will serve as the Board Chairman for 2014, outgoing Chairman J. Walter Tejada announced Tuesday. Mary Hughes Hynes will serve as vice chair.
Tejada made the announcement at the Board's year-end meeting. Fisette, who won re-election to a fifth four-year term in November, was sworn in at the meeting. A reception followed his swearing in. Fisette has served as Chairman of the Board previously, in 2001, 2005 and 2010.
“It is the Board's worst kept secret,” that it intends to vote for Fisette as Chairman and Hynes as vice chair at its January 1, 2014 organizational meeting, Tejada noted.
“Jay and Mary are two of the County's most experienced and hard-working elected officials,” Tejada said. “I feel confident that our Board, and our community, will be in very good hands for 2014.”
Fisette will lay out his 2014 priorities on Wednesday, January 1, when the Board holds its annual organizational meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on New Year's Day, in keeping with the Board's long-standing tradition of getting to work on the first day of the year.
About Jay Fisette
Fisette, an advocate for Smart Growth and new urbanism, has led the County's efforts to promote environmental and economic sustainability. He is a strong advocate on the County Board for fiscal discipline and accountability in balancing responsible tax policies with needed public investments.
Fisette launched the County's 2010 initiative to develop its ambitious Community Energy Plan, and chaired the “Green Ribbon” panel of residents, businesses, organizations and other stakeholders who developed the plan that was adopted by the County Board.
Fisette is a recognized regional leader, having served as President of the Virginia Municipal League – where he launched the successful “Go Green Virginia” initiative – Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
Fisette has lived in Arlington since 1983 and is married to Bob Rosen. The couple has lived in Ashton Heights since 1987. To read his full bio, visit the County website.
About Mary Hughes Hynes
Hynes was elected to the Arlington County Board in 2007, following 12 years of service on the Arlington School Board. Hynes has worked to improve the planning and management of Arlington's public physical infrastructure during her tenure on both Boards. To read her full bio, visit the County website.
She serves as a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board, where she chaired the Governance Committee, led the Metro Board's successful effort to improve its practices and performance, and chairs the Metro 2025 strategic planning committee. Hynes also chairs the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Region Forward Coalition. In December, 2013, she was honored by COG with the Scull award for regional leadership, the regional organization's highest award.
As Chair of the Arlington County Board in 2012, Hynes launched the PLACE (Participation, Leadership and Civic Engagement) initiative, which builds on Arlington's tradition of broad and deep civic engagement, known as “The Arlington Way.” To join the civic conversation, join PLACE Space, Arlington's virtual town square.
Hynes has lived in Lyon Village with her husband Patrick for more than 35 years. They are the parents of five Arlington Public School graduates.