Message from City Manager Rob Stalzer
(June 5, 2020) — As this tumultuous week winds down, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the disappointment and pain that many of us are feeling. The inhumane treatment of George Floyd and the outpouring of emotions that followed his tragic death have reminded us all that much work remains to be done to heal old wounds and create an environment where all Americans are treated equally and are not targeted for the color of their skin.
My leadership team and I stand with you in support of our black employees and the entire black community. We stand with our employees and their communities who are voicing anguish, anger, and deep frustration with the status quo. We stand united against inequality and racism. We are committed to the work of open conversations about current events and the history of injustice in this country. We value individuals and are committed to building trusting relationships among our employees and with the citizens we serve.
There is no better time than now to reflect on how we treat other people and how we can “be the change” that is needed to lead us into a fairer future. Our City is stronger because of the diversity of its citizenry. The same is true for the employees who work every day to make the City of Fairfax a welcoming place for all.
My team and I are here to listen and learn from you during this turbulent time. Please reach out to me or City leadership to share your thoughts and concerns. We are in this together, now and moving forward as one.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wise words are as germane today as they were when he first spoke them: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”