County names new director of information technology

Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announced in a statement that Wendy Wickens, assistant director of the Department of Information Technology, will serve as director starting Dec. 1.

Wickens will lead the department after the retirement of Gene Troxell at the end of this month, after 45 years of service.

Before working for Loudoun, Wickens was the IT director for Leesburg’s town government from 2004 to 2011 and the information systems manager in Williamsburg from 1994 to 2002.

She has also worked as a regional sales manager for Novell, where she supported state and local government clients.

“Wendy has extensive experience with a variety of information systems, ranging from enterprise resource programs to public safety communications. Given where we are with information systems in Loudoun County, Wendy is ideally suited to lead the department for the foreseeable future,” Hemstreet said in the statement.

Deadline to display 2013 Loudoun decal is Thursday

Loudoun County Treasurer H. Roger Zurn Jr. reminds taxpayers that the deadline for displaying the red 2013 Loudoun County decal is Thursday.

Those who have not purchased a 2013 decal may do so at the Loudoun County Treasurer’s Office locations: at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE, first floor, Leesburg; or at the Loudoun County Government Sterling Offices, 21641 Ridgetop Cir., Suite 104, Sterling — weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For questions about decals, contact the Loudoun County Treasurer’s Office at 703-777-0280 or

Final household hazardous waste event is Saturday

The Loudoun County Department of Construction and Waste Management will host one more Household Hazardous Waste collection event this year, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Rd., Leesburg.

Household hazardous waste includes items such as fluorescent bulbs; household batteries; oil-based paints, stains and varnishes; paint thinners; metal polishes; rust removers; wood preservatives; furniture polish; waxes; pesticides; pool chemicals; old fuels including gas/oil mixes; and many others. Latex or water-based paints are not a hazardous waste and can disposed of in household garbage.

Used motor oil, antifreeze, automobile batteries, lead-acid batteries and propane tanks will not be accepted. They can be recycled year-round at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility, 21101 Evergreen Mills Rd. Electronics are also not accepted. For electronics recycling options, visit

For information, including tips on proper paint disposal, and a list of accepted items, visit or call 703-777-0187.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson