Town of Dumfries Hires New Director of Public Works

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Dumfries Town Manager Tangela Innis has announced the hiring of Mr. James M. Nichols, the new
Director of Public Works with the Town of Dumfries. His first day will be Monday, April 15, 2024.

Mr. Nichols, a respected member of the local community, brings 22 years of operations management experience to the town, with 12 of those years in public works. He has extensive knowledge of operational budget development, management, and programming. Mr. Nichols has developed annual budgets and overseen individual and major projects ranging from as little as $2 million up to $39 million throughout his career.

Mr. Nichols’ past experiences include Assistant Maintenance Superintendent, Interim Maintenance Superintendent, Division Chief / Operations and Maintenance, and Superintendent of Landscaping and grounds. He also has experience in stormwater management and street operations, where he led various projects to improve infrastructure resilience and mitigate environmental impacts. Through collaboration with internal partners, engineering firms, contractors, and regulatory agencies,

Mr. Nichols has overseen several successful stormwater projects and implemented green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater runoff and improve water quality in various areas. Additionally, he has directly and indirectly supervised over 100 team members, fostering an environment where staff feel
valued, motivated, and empowered to contribute their best work to the organization. His exceptional leadership skills and management style are needed to lead the Town’s Public Works department.

In his most recent position, Mr. Nichols was the Residency Administrator Assistant for the Virginia Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for assisting with the leadership, coordination, integration, and management of resources allocated to the Fairfax residency maintenance program. In addition, he was responsible for coordinating and directing emergency operations, including inclement weather and disaster response.

Mr. Nichols holds a Master of Public Administration and Policy degree from Walden University, a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture Design from Auburn University, and an Associate of Science in Horticulture Science from Trenholm State College in Montgomery, Alabama. He is also a Certified Public Manager, Certified Program Planner, and Certified Park and Recreation Professional, and he holds many other certifications and professional accolades. Mr. Nichols will report directly to the Town Manager, Tangela Innis.

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