Greg Emanuel Named Director of Dept. of Environmental Services

  • Formerly served as DES Deputy Director
  • Extensive engineering and leadership experience

ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan today named Greg Emanuel Director of the Department of Environmental Services (DES), effective August 13, 2012. Mr. Emanuel most recently served as Deputy Director for the department. He succeeds William F. O'Connor, who will retire from the County this month.

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

Greg Emanuel joined Arlington County in 2006 as director of the former Engineering and Capital projects division. In March 2012, he was promoted to Deputy Director of the department and added Facilities Management to his portfolio.

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.

The Department of Environmental Services, with over 700 employees, manages the County's infrastructure and the critical areas of transportation, the environment and capital investment.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.