John Kellas, Deputy Director of Public Works, County of Fairfax, VA
John Kellas started in the solid waste profession more than 35 years ago. He has held roles in many aspects of the solid waste industry including design and operation of disposal facilities, transfer stations, transportation and material diversion facilities. Mr. Kellas spent more than 25 years with a national solid waste firm as a regional manager across the US and Canada. He and his wife Carma relocated to the Washington, D.C. area five years ago to work for Fairfax County, VA. As Director of Solid Waste, Mr. Kellas works helping lead the coordination of the waste and recycling process for 1.2 Million residents of Fairfax County.
Mr. Kellas says the last five years in public service has been very rewarding working for culture change that has led to great improvements in safety, efficiency and engagement for the Fairfax Solid Waste Program. He and his wife reside in Manassas VA with their two German Shepherds.