James City County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ruth Larson presented her 2018 Chairman's Awards during the Dec. 11 Board of Supervisors meeting to Frances Geissler and Clarence Wilson. The award recipients were honored for their contributions and service to James City County and the community.
Frances Geissler, Director of the Stormwater and Resource Protection division, is a true embodiment of the County’s Mission Statement of working in partnership with all citizens to achieve a quality community. Her passion for the environment and for improving neighborhoods by proactively addressing Stormwater concerns has led to significant accomplishments during her tenure with the County. Ms. Geissler not only started the successful drainage improvement grant program, which has been highlighted at the State Level, but she has obtained nearly $3.5 million of Stormwater Local Assistance Funds (SLAF) from the Commonwealth for the betterment of our neighborhoods. Ms. Geissler also developed the County’s pollution program and the County’s Stormwater public information program, which are a testament to her commitment to the community.
Clarence Wilson has actively served the James City County community for many years. As an active Life Member of the York-James City-Williamsburg Chapter of the NAACP, Mr. Wilson believes that he needs to be a voice for those who may not have a voice. Mr. Wilson serves on the Board of Trustees for the Williamsburg Health Foundation supporting a variety of programs addressing health disparities for our community’s most vulnerable members. Mr. Wilson is also a Charter Member and President of the WJCC Schools Foundation, which was organized in the fall of 2014 to partner with the community to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and maximize innovative opportunities for all students in the Williamsburg-James City County school district. Through its Innovative Learning Grants, the WJCC School Foundation has awarded over $115,000 to 138 teachers since its inception, allowing those teachers to enrich the education of their students through innovative and engaging classroom opportunities. Mr. Wilson’s philosophy of service and his tireless efforts are an inspiration to many and a shining example of what we should all strive to achieve.
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer