Department of Public Works Director's Office

James M. Irvin, P.E., Director

Howard County Department of Public Works is composed of the Director's Office, Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Facilities, Bureau of Highways and Bureau of Utilities.

The Director's Office provides leadership and coordination among the Bureaus to advance the quality of life for our community by providing exceptional level of public service. Employees coordinate the daily functions, customer service, the capital improvement program and real estate services.

  • HHW Drop-Off Days Resume - Household Hazardous Waste drop-off days are Saturdays only at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (April - November). Please visit our HHW Webpage for details about what can be dropped off.
  • Public Works Board information can be found under the Real Estate Services Division tab.









Director’s Office

3430 Court House Drive

Ellicott City, MD 21043


James M. Irvin– Director
Tracey Grasser – Administrative Aide, 410-313-4408
Holger O. Serrano – Assistant to the Director, 410-313-0707
Michele Dudek – Administrative Manager, 410-313-3146
Melanie Bishop – Chief, Real Estate Services Division, 410-313-2330
Rebecca Kidwell – Capital Projects Manager, 410-313-3443

Lisa Brightwell – Customer Service, 410-313-3440

Main phone number: 410-313-4401

May 28

Memorial Day  - On Monday, May 28, Howard County Government offices will be closed. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be closed and there will be no trash, recycling or food scrap collection. The holiday "slide schedule" will be in effect.

July 4

Independence Day - On Wednesday, July 4, Howard County Government offices will be closed.