James Patteson Appointed Director of DPWES


Nov. 16, 2009
OPA 220/09

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  • Start date is Dec. 7.
  • Patteson has been with Fairfax County for more than 24 years; currently director of Land Development Services, DPWES.

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James Patteson 
James Patteson

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today appointed James W. Patteson, PE, as director of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES). Patteson, who lives in Fairfax, will begin his new position on Monday, Dec. 7.

Patteson currently serves as director of DPWES Land Development Services. In that position, he created a strong focus on environmental stewardship and partnering with industry groups, the environmental community and other stakeholders. He also assisted in the development of the states’s first Tree Preservation Ordinance, which received a 2009 best in category award from the National Association of Counties, and the Tree Action Plan. Patteson works with the county’s green building initiative.

Throughout his career with Fairfax County, which began in 1985, Patteson has worked in a variety of agencies, including the Facilities Management Department, where he served as director; various DPWES divisions; the Office of the County Executive; and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

He is on the advisory board of the Virginia Tech Land Development Design Initiative and the executive board of the Engineers and Surveyors Institute.

Patteson has a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Virginia Tech. He participated in the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center. He will receive an annual salary of $164,000.

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