Purcellville Assistant Public Works Director Alex Vanegas has been appointed to a four-year term on the state Board of Conservation and Recreation by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Vanegas has more than 20 years of local government experience and active leadership in the regional utility industry including his work for the Town of Purcellville, and, previously, for Fairfax Water and the City of Manassas.
In addition to his work in Purcellville, the Manassas resident also holds a number of appointed and volunteer positions in the region, including the current chairmanship of the Board of Directors for the Prince William Service Authority, the largest combined water and sewer authority in the commonwealth. Vanegas also serves as a Small Entity Representative to EPA’s Regulatory Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule.
Previously, Vanegas served as the Prince William County ex-officio representative to the Fairfax Water Authority. He also served on the Occoquan Watershed Management Planning Steering Committee for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the Northern Virginia Regional Zebra Mussel Task Force, and was an associate director for the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District.
Vanegas came to the Town of Purcellville in December 2005, when he was hired as the water systems superintendent. He rose rapidly within the ranks, moving into the newly created position of assistant director of Public Works in 2008-2009.
Town Manager Robert W. Lohr said the state appointment was not only a compliment to Vanegas for his long history of sharing his time and talents in public service but also was a positive reflection on the town as well.
“We were very fortunate to recruit him in 2005 for the water department and he has moved up very quickly in the organization,” Lohr said today.
Director of Purcellville Public Works Department Samur Beidas concurred. “Alex is a tremendous asset and a critical member of the Public Works Department,” he said of his deputy who is responsible for coordinating all operations for the town’s three utility divisions—water, wastewater and maintenance.
“Those responsibilities and his experience will serve him well in his new appointment,” Beidas said.
Vanegas holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia. He also holds a master’s degree in organizational management from George Washington University. He is a certified public manager through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and holds a certificate in Executive leadership Coaching through GWU. Vanegas volunteers with several community service organizations, including the Rotary Club, Optimist Club, the Freemasons and his church.