Mr. Fowler joined the Gloucester County team in July 2018, overseeing the Building & Grounds, Engineering/Environmental, Public Utilities, Planning/Zoning, and Building Official/Code Enforcement departments, as well as serving as Site Plan Administrator and Deputy Director of Emergency Management. He is also the staff/county liaison to a variety of boards, committees and commissions as assigned.
Mr. Fowler was the Public Works Director for the City of Newport News, serving that department since 1984, having begun his public service career as the General Superintendent of the Wastewater Division with continual growth and promotions through his appointment as Public Works Director in 1999. Mr. Fowler brings over 30 years of proven performance, administration and leadership skills in the areas of asset management, building services and support, security, solid waste and wastewater programs, storm water operations, and street maintenance.
Education & Affiliations
Mr. Fowler is a graduate of Christopher Newport University receiving a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and previously served on the American Public Works Association (APWA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter - Board of Directors and on the National APWA Accreditation Council. In 2007, Mr. Fowler was named in APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year.
During his tenure with the Newport News Public Works Department, Fowler oversaw the department’s accreditation by the American Public Works Association, joining only 106 other agencies in the United States and Canada qualifying for accreditation. The accreditation process demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement, through evaluation of policies, procedures and practices to assess strengths and determine how best to improve the delivery of services.