Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Achieves National Accreditation
Sept. 28, 2016
For Immediate Release
Fairfax County's Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Achieves National Accreditation
Visiting public works professionals and Fairfax County staff tour the I-66 transfer station as part of the APWA Accreditation evaluation.
After a meticulous two-year process that began in July 2014, Fairfax County's Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has achieved accreditation by the American Public Works Association. The prestigious program recognizes public works agencies that exceed the public works industry's established best management practices. Of the more than 3,000 public works agencies in the country, Fairfax County's public works department is just the 114th to reach this lofty status.
APWA Accreditation is a formal recognition that Fairfax County's Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is a well-run agency and a leader within the public works industry. The department embarked upon the self-evaluation process to identify ways to provide the highest quality services to Fairfax County residents. Some of the benefits of accreditation include increasing safety, reducing liability, lowering insurance premiums, and recruiting high-quality personnel.
This APWA Accreditation plaque is proudly displayed in the director's office. An identical plaque will be presented to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Public Works Director James Patteson said, "The awarding of the APWA Accreditation shows we have dedicated ourselves to concepts of improvement and in-depth self-assessment of department policies, procedures and practices. The heroes of this prestigious APWA award are the public works staff whose mission is to provide public works services and programs that contribute to making Fairfax County great."
APWA President Ronald J. Calkins recognized the department's accomplishment during the association's national conference held earlier this month in Minneapolis, MN. Past APWA President Elizabeth Treadway will present an official plaque to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors during a brief ceremony at the governing body's November 1, 2016 meeting.
During a site visit in July 2016, a team of public works professionals from Sumter County, FL; Arvada, CO; Chesterfield, MO; and Kansas City, MO completed a thorough evaluation of Fairfax County's operations and determined the department had met all 593 accreditation practices. Additionally, four practices were deemed model practices, which means the practices will be held up as examples for other public works agencies to follow. The model practices include the department's career management plan, permitting website, permitting flowchart, and the county's recycling program.
The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is responsible for all capital facilities, solid waste management, stormwater and wastewater management, and regulating land development and building construction. In addition, the public works department designs and builds infrastructure, such as administrative buildings, police and fire stations, libraries, bus shelters, and road improvements.
For more information, contact Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Public Information Officer Matthew Kaiser at 703-324-8455, TTY 711.
Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
703-324-8455, TTY 711