Philo S. Shelton III
Philo S. Shelton III has been selected to lead the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities (DPU). His name now goes before the Los Alamos County Council for final approval.
Operating under the jurisdiction and control of the Board of Public Utilities, the DPU is a customer service oriented municipal utility that provides electric, gas, water and sewer services for County residents and businesses and provides wholesale electric and water services to Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Shelton went to work for the County in June 2012 and is director of the Public Works Department. The Public Works Department consists of nine divisions; Administration, Airport, Custodial, Environmental Services, Engineering and Project Management, Facilities, Fleet, Traffic & Streets and Atomic City Transit.
The functional responsibilities of the Public Works Department encompass the County’s Transportation System, waste collection and recycling and county facilities. Activities include planning, designing, and construction of the County’s infrastructure; managing the County’s environmental program; operation and maintenance of the County’s streets and traffic control network; and operation of the Airport and Atomic City Transit. The department also is responsible for providing maintenance (custodial and preventative) services to the 45 County buildings.
Prior to joining the County, Shelton was public works director in Steamboat Springs and Black Hawk, Colo. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Civil Engineering discipline. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and received his Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a Certified Public Manager.