Loudoun County, Va. (February 28, 2015) – Ernest Brown is Loudoun County’s new Director of the Department of General Services, County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced Friday. Brown was selected after a nationwide search to replace Richard Pezzullo who retired in December 2014. Brown comes to Loudoun County after ten years in Brevard County, Florida, where he most recently was Director of Natural Resources Management.
“We had a strong and competitive group of applicants for this position and Ernie stood out as an exceptional leader and manager,” said Hemstreet. “He brings a wide range of experience in the areas of responsibility that fall under the Department of General Services.”
Brown has more than 26 years of public service experience, including active and reserve military service with the United States Coast Guard. As Director of the Natural Resources Management Department in Brevard County, Brown’s responsibilities included implementation of the county’s stormwater quality program; the county’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit; flood mitigation program; and environmental ordinance development, permitting and compliance. In addition, he was responsible for maintaining stormwater facilities, multiple government facilities, and a large fleet of vehicles to include heavy equipment, helicopters and watercraft. Brown’s work experience also includes service with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Maryland Department of the Environment.
As Director of the Loudoun County Department of General Services, Brown will oversee an agency that is an integral part of the county’s emergency response and recovery operations. General Services also implements the stormwater management program, and provides various public works functions. The department operates and manages county facilities and acquires and manages leased facilities; provides internal support; and manages the fleet of county vehicles. In addition, the department administers the county’s solid waste regulations; operates and maintains the Loudoun County landfill; and provides recycling opportunities for residents and businesses.
Brown, who is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science/Geology from Towson University and completed graduate studies at Regent University.
More information about the Department of General Services is online at www.loudoun.gov/