The Town Council reinstated the Citizen of the Year Award at their April 3, 2019 meeting. The award was awarded annually from 1992 through 1997. A plaque with the recipients' names engraved upon it still hangs in the Women's Club.
For the nomination process the Fairfax Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) received nominations from the public for the award. The nomination period was open from June 1 - August 1, 2019. After reviewing the nominations, PARC recommended 3 nominees to a Council subcommittee comprised of the Mayor and Vice Mayor, who then selected two of the three nominees to receive the Citizen of the Year Award. The recipients were honored at the October 2, 2019 Council meeting.
David Smadbeck has been a dedicated and hardworking community member throughout his many years of volunteer service for the Town of Fairfax and has donated a tremendous number of hours to the Town by attending numerous Town meetings, offering feedback, positive solutions for local issues and lending a hand to anyone in need. As an award-winning local Real Estate Agent, David has found the time to contribute his efforts to the Town, having served on the Fairfax Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) and currently serving as the Executive Director of the Town of Fairfax’s Chamber of Commerce. David is described by his fellow community members as working unceasingly and selflessly for the community of Fairfax and beyond for years too numerous to count while remaining humble, with a quiet, unassuming approach which belies his many accomplishments and his abilities to “get things done.” The Town Council of the Town of Fairfax extends its gratitude, appreciation, and admiration to David Smadbeck, the 2019 Citizen of the Year recipient.
For approximately 10 years, Jody Timms has been the Town of Fairfax’s appointed representative to the Marin County Commission on Aging where she is a tireless advocate for older adults in Fairfax and throughout the County. As Chair of Fairfax’s Age Friendly Task Force, Jody has led the group to implement the Plan for Fairfax, and at this time, more than 90% of its goals have been accomplished. Jody also is the founding member of the Cascade Canyon Firewise committee (the first established in the Town). Along with her many other contributions to the Town, Jody created 350 Marin with her son Jolon to raise awareness around global climate change issues and has been an integral member of the Fairfax Climate Action Committee since its inception in 2014. Jody is described by her fellow community members as being a leader and an uplifting team player who makes the experience of getting involved enjoyable. The Town Council of the Town of Fairfax extends its gratitude, appreciation, and admiration to Jody Timms, the 2019 Citizen of the Year recipient.