Allegheny County Employees Receiving Honors & Accolades

PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that a number of employees of Allegheny County have recently been honored or received accolades for professional accomplishments:

Director of the Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women & Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Ruth Byrd-Smith was honored by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of its 2012 Women in Business awardees.  Honored for her leadership, Ruth’s work at the county was highlighted along with other personal accomplishments, community involvement and advocacy for women in business.  She became Director of the Department in February 2004. 

Latent Print Analyst Marla Priestley, of the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, recently passed a certification exam given by the International Association for Identification (IAI), the independent agency that certifies the various disciplines in crime labs.  There are only 910 certifications world-wide and only nine, including Marla, in the Commonwealth.  Marla is the first female in Pennsylvania to achieve certification.  She first started with the county in January 2007 as an intern.

John J. Kane Regional Center/Scott Registered Dietitian Jennifer Simpson was honored by the PA Dietetic Association as the “2012 Young Dietitian of the Year.”  The Association is the advocate of the dietetics profession, serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being.  The award is presented annually to a dietitian who has demonstrated leadership qualities and performance in public relations, research, community outreach, management, legislation, education and other areas related to the profession, on the job and in the community.  She started working at Kane in May 2009.

Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Karl E. Williams, MD, MPH, was recognized by the American Liver Foundation for his tireless dedication to the Foundation and the fight against liver disease.  The American Liver Foundation’s mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.  Dr. Williams was one of five honorees presented the 2012 Tribute to Excellence.  He became the county’s Medical Examiner in January 2007.

“It’s a great compliment to this county to have our employees honored and recognized in by their own professions, as well as by the greater community,” said Fitzgerald.  “We are doing great things in Allegheny County and it is because of the daily work and effort that all of the staff put forth for our residents.”

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