(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray has nominated current DC Department of General Services (DGS) Interim Director Brian J. Hanlon to head the agency permanently, subject to confirmation by the DC Council. The agency was created last year as a way to consolidate the functions of multiple agencies and improve government efficiency and effectiveness.
“Brian Hanlon has the breadth of experience needed to lead what is now one of the District’s largest agencies,” said Mayor Gray. “During the hugely complex transition and through this interview process, I’ve had a chance to observe Mr. Hanlon in action, and he has certainly earned the opportunity to lead DGS.”
During the exhaustive year-long recruitment and search for the new DGS Director, City Administrator Allen Y. Lew and Director of Human Resources Shawn Stokes examined resumes from over 20 interested candidates.
“Brian was the only candidate with the unique mix of design, construction, real estate and facility management expertise needed to lead this new agency into the future,” said Lew. “DGS is at the very heart of the physical transformation of the nation’s capital. It is a vision that Mayor Gray has laid before us, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that we succeed.”
The Department of General Services was created by the Mayor in October of 2011 through a merger of the former Department of Real Estate Services (DRES), the Office of Public Education Facility Modernization and various divisions of other select agencies, such as the Department of Parks and Recreation. Charged with constructing, maintaining and managing the District’s real-estate portfolio of over 30 million square feet – including schools, parks and other municipal facilities – DGS is dedicated to elevating and preserving the spaces where residents and visitors work, live and play.
“Having worked diligently with a great staff over the past six months to shape this new agency, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the good work we have begun,” said Mr. Hanlon. “Through the leadership of the Mayor and with the support of the Council, I am optimistic about our agency’s ability to have a positive effect on the quality of life of the District’s residents in delivering and maintaining modern, clean and safe spaces for them to enjoy.”
Since October of 2011, Mr. Hanlon has served as Interim Director of DGS, overseeing the merger from its predecessor agencies and aligning the organization’s resources and responsibilities.
“My vision for the agency is to leverage our size and scope to find and execute the best value for our residents, provide meaningful business opportunities for local firms and develop the best public facilities possible for our workforce,” added Hanlon.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Hanlon joined DRES as an Executive Program Manager in May of 2008. Prior to joining DRES, Mr. Hanlon’s career includes nearly 25 years of architecture, project management and real-estate development in both the public and private sectors.
Among his various responsibilities and accomplishments as Executive Program Manager at DRES, Mr. Hanlon was the principal author of the District’s Workplace Design Guidelines. The Guidelines provide a toolkit for creating a high-performance workplace to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs.
“His depth of knowledge of design through construction implementation, expertise in financial analysis, business planning, and strategic analysis will continue to be a valuable asset to the District,” said Lew.