New Director Named for Department of Environmental Services

by Katie Pyzyk July 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm 3,113 17 Comments

(Updated at 2:00 p.m.) County Manager Barbara Donnellan has announced a new director for the Department of Environmental Services.

Greg Emanuel has been named to the position, effective as of August 13. He will replace William F. O’Connor, who has held the position since October 2010, and is retiring from the county this month. Emanuel had served as the department’s deputy director since March.

“I am very pleased to have Greg join my Executive Leadership Team,” said Donnellan. “He has a proven track record of results, and a tremendous dedication and passion for our workforce and our community.”

Emanuel will be earning a salary of about $168,000 per year, according to Arlington County Human Resources Director Marcy Foster. That’s slightly less than O’Connor’s annual salary.

The department, which has more than 700 employees, manages the county’s infrastructure, transportation, the environment and capital investment.

In a press release, the county listed more of Emanuel’s experience and accomplishments:

During his time with the County, Mr. Emanuel led the effort for several major capital construction projects including Fire Station #3 on Lee Highway, Arlington Mill Community Center on Columbia Pike, Fire Station #5 in Aurora Hills, and Shirlington Library/Signature Theater. He also played an important role in partnering with the Department of Management and Finance on the development of three Capital Improvement Plans, each time increasing the scope, focus, and detail to demonstrate the full range and strategy of the County’s ambitious capital programs.

Prior to his experience with the County, Mr. Emanuel served 21 years with the U.S. Air Force, where he held a variety of engineering leadership positions around the world. While there, he managed multi-year capital improvement and redevelopment plans, significant construction projects and new initiatives while balancing political, cultural, regulatory and financial challenges.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s of Civil Engineering in Construction Management from North Carolina State University. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Public Works Association.

Mr. Emanuel, a fitness, cycling and swimming enthusiast, resides in Arlington with his wife and three children.

  • Tabs

    Nice teeth.

  • KalashniKEV

    What’s the salary?

    • PikerShorts

      Would $10 a week be too much?

    • drax

      Is this one of the departments you want to eliminate to get the budget down to one-third, Kev?

      • jackson

        I does have the word “environmental” in it. Arlington already HAS an environment! Waste of money.

        • drax

          Good point. Duplicative. Let’s get rid of a few more. Human Services – we already have humans in the county. Dump it!

    • JohnB

      Probably a lot less than he could make working for Flour-TransUrban.

    • We just updated the article with salary info. Emanuel will be making about $168,000 per year, while O’Connor made slightly over $170,000 per year.


    So if I wanted to find out why “super-green” Arlington County doesn’t have any incentives in place for residents who want to install solar panels, is this the guy to contact?

    FYI – some counties, including City of Alexandria, provide a property tax break. It’s not an inexpensive system to install…

    • drax


    • who was the 1?

      The property tax break for solar is worthless, because the tax assessor doesn’t value the solar on your house in the first place.

  • (Not this) Greg

    He’s a good guy. It’s nice to see Arlington promote from within.

    • daniel


  • Elmer

    A good vibrant appointment.

  • Clarendon

    Don’t know him, but he lives in Arlington so I consider that a good sign.

  • YTK

    Good. Now plant some trees.

  • JnA

    Good to see he lives in the County.


Subscribe to our mailing list