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Albemarle County Announces New Organizational Structure for Department of General Services and Office of Facilities Development

Focus on Level of Service and Environment Remain Key Priorities

Albemarle County is announcing some important organizational changes designed to strengthen and improve service levels to our community, further develop our efforts towards protecting our natural resources, and address future urbanization needs.

Effective February 2, 2016, the Department of General Services and the Office of Facilities Development (OFD) will be reorganized into one new department: The Department of Facilities and Environmental Services, with three divisions: Public Works, Environmental Services, and Project Management (formerly OFD). The current director of OFD, Trevor Henry, will become the director of the newly created Department of Facilities and Environmental Services.

Combining the Department of General Services and OFD allows for greater effectiveness in the delivery of services and aligns the organization to meet future urbanization needs. It creates greater efficiencies in the routine operations of the departments by eliminating duplication and by leveraging the use of staff across functions, which we anticipate will result in improved communications and collaboration and improved service to our community and partners. This reorganization was planned to best utilize existing employee knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Additionally, the laws protecting natural resources have evolved over the last 25 years, as has the County’s commitment to protecting natural resources. The creation of the Environmental Services Division emphasizes that the stewardship of our natural resources and the environment is of great importance to the County. It creates an opportunity to advance key Board priorities involving natural resources and water resources protection, materials management, recycling, and environmental compliance.

“Ensuring that we have the right organizational structure in place is critical in delivering excellence in public service, and increasing our effectiveness and efficiency,” added Foley. “The result will be a more streamlined, performance-driven, community-focused organization that is poised to respond to shifting community priorities.”

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