Public Works

The Public Works Department with its various divisions works as one entity to serve the community’s needs and effectively maintains a high quality of life for Los Alamos County residents and businesses.


The Public Works Department continually develops innovative ways to deliver services in a cost-effective manner and environmentally sound practices with a focus on strategic planning and the use of new technology to meet the needs now and into the future.


The 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 is also responsible for providing maintenance (custodial, and preventative) services to the forty-five County buildings.


Please feel free to e-mail us at with questions, concerns, or just to let us know how we're doing!


Department Head

Juan Rael

Juan Rael

Juan Rael earned his Civil Engineering degree from New Mexico State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He began his career in Southern California working for a private engineering firm on projects in Los Angeles and Orange County and has worked as Project Engineer for an engineering firm doing work for local municipalities and LANL.