The City of Falls Church has hired Michael Collins, P.E., to serve as Director of Public Works, a vacancy left open following former director Bill Hicks’ departure.
“I look forward to Mr. Collins bringing his very capable leadership to the City’s Department of Public Works, which performs such vitally important work for our residents and businesses every day,” said City Manager Wyatt Shields.
“It’s an exciting time at the city, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to be a part of it.” said Collins. “I’ve been very impressed by the enthusiasm and accomplishments of the DPW staff that I’ve met, and I’m looking forward to being a part of their team.”
Collins has been with Arlington County for the past 13 years, holding several positions in the County’s Water, Sewer, and Streets Division. In 2005, Collins was promoted to his current position, serving as the Engineering Bureau Chief, directing the County’s infrastructure design and construction agency and overseeing a staff of 60 engineers, construction managers, surveyors, and administrative staff.
Prior to working for Arlington County, Collins worked in the private sector for a civil engineering firm in North Carolina and a facilities engineering firm in Fairfax. A native of Fairfax County, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Urban Systems Engineering and his Masters of Science in Operations Research from George Mason University.
Collins will officially join the City on December 9.