The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) was notified by the American Public Works Association (APWA) that the Department has achieved reaccreditation as of December 14, 2020.
DPWES is one of only nine in Virginia and one of 163 public works departments in the United States and Canada that are accredited by the American Public Works Association. There are more than 19,400 public works departments in the US.
“I am thrilled to share with you the official notification of the accreditation for the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services,” said Tracy Quintana, Accreditation Manager, APWA. “Please celebrate and be proud of this great accomplishment.”
Full Re-Accreditation has been awarded to the Department for the ensuing four-year period, expiring August 23, 2024. DPWES first achieved accreditation on August 15, 2016.
“This reaccreditation of our Department is due to the hard work and diligence of each of our public works employees,” said Randy Bartlett, Director, DPWES. “Through this reaccreditation, APWA recognizes Fairfax County’s public works department as a leader in the field that goes beyond the requirements of the management practices established in the public works industry,” he said.
Several of the practices were highlighted by the evaluators as models that serve to guide other departments seeking accreditation, including:
- Chapter 1: 1.7 Organization and Strategic Planning - Relationship of the Agency's Strategic Plan to Government-Wide Planning Process
- Chapter 8: 8.18 Emergency Management - Incident Command System, Emergency Operations Plan
- Chapter 16: 16.8 Solid Waste Management - One-Call Center, Miss Utility, Virginia 811
- Chapter 14: 14.14 Project Management - Conflict Resolution Process Roadmap
- Chapter 22: 22.1 Solid Waste Recycling and Reuse - Recycling
- Chapter 23: 23.5 Solid Waste Disposal - Practice: 23.5 - Landfill Operations Plan
- Chapter 33: 33:26 Traffic Operations - Temporary Street Closings