Machen and Shelton Address County Environmental Services at Lunch with a Leader

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters monthly Lunch with a Leader is 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The speakers will be Don Machen and Philo Shelton, representing the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB.) Machen and Shelton will address the activities of the ESB and generally discuss the County’s Environmental Services activities.

All Lunch with a Leader events are free and open to the public.

Machen spent a significant portion of his professional life as an electrical engineer, working in the particle accelerator field. He and his family have lived in Los Alamos since late1967. In 1982, he left Los Alamos National Laboratory to form a consulting engineering company in Los Alamos, from which he is now retired.  

Machen served two terms on the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission and is serving his second term on the ESB.

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton is responsible for Environmental Services (waste collection and recycling) and all transportation for Los Alamos County, including traffic and streets, fleet, transit, airport and engineering. 

He has worked for Los Alamos County since June 2012 and has been a public works director for the last 13 years. Before coming to Los Alamos, he lived in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and he is originally from Fairfield, Conn. 

Shelton has a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering and is working on a M.S. in public administration.

His wife teaches at Barranca Elementary School and their two children attend Los Alamos Public Schools. Although he is new to Los Alamos, Shelton has been here numerous times over the past 20 years because his brother-in-law and sister-in-law (Rob and Kathy Hipwood) live here.

Those wishing to order a lunch should email Karyl Ann Armbruster at  or call her at 505.661.6605 by Sunday, Jan. 19.  All meals are $10. It is not necessary to order a lunch to attend.

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