About Tom

Tom Phillips is a strategic leader and problem solver with primary focus on municipal infrastructure and land development issues from the perspective of private industry. Throughout his 40-year experience he maintains a firm commitment to health and safety and quality metrics with demonstrated expertise in life-cycle cost analysis, execution planning, contractor claims management, development of public-private partnerships, project planning and scheduling.

Highlighting 32-years as senior manager on major construction and engineering projects are significant projects:

  • LNG plant project (Chevron) in Australia working for Bechtel Corp where he was bottom-line responsibility for delivery of $4.5 billion in civil scope,

  • wastewater treatment, desalination (RO) water plants,

  • city and planned unit development (PUD) master planning and infrastructure,

  • utility distribution systems and networks,

  • major transportation projects including highways and bridges,

  • marine facilities including a major port in Abu Dhabi,

  • university campus in Pakistan.

Tom spent nearly 2-1/2 decades of his career working and living in 9 countries including Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Philippines and Australia.

While living in Amman, Jordan between 2003 and 2005 Tom served on the school board of the American School and was a board member of a school in Peshawar, Pakistan for the period 1990 - 1992.

Tom is currently employed as a Sr. Project Manager with Lane Construction responsible for leading proposal strategies for major transportation projects in the Hampton Roads area and he is a member of the American Water Works Association.

Mr. Phillips holds a BSBC from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia and he is married to Nadia Phillips for 32 years; they have 3 grown daughters all of whom are graduates of William & Mary.



  • Public Safety – I intend to work to improve key areas of public safety involving support to our police department to ensure they have the resources needed to effectively execute their duties and to mitigate the increase in the crime rate of the county.  I will also support the EMS services through additional resources to ensure that all residents of the county can be reached within the 6-minute zone.  Presently, there are numerous areas of the County that are not meeting the 6-minute standard and our dependency on EMS mutual aid has increased measurably in recent years.  These trends raise concern and need to be reversed.


  • Restrain spending - As a fiscal conservative, I’ll look for ways to avoid tax increases.  The upward trend toward increasing tax revenues to support government’s involvement in projects and programs that are not the County government’s primary area of responsibility is not on my plate.  I’m also not a believer in the practice of deficit spending.


  • Develop a long-term solution to meeting the County’s need for potable water.  All indications are that water demand volumes for JCC are rising and restrictions by DEQ on ground water withdrawals and additional payment due to NNWW in 2019 under the existing agreement make this an urgent issue demanding viable alternatives.  I pledge to work with the Board, JCSA, DEQ and other agencies to determine an economical solution that provides JCC with a solution to meet its water demand requirements and one that provides control of the rates being paid by County residents.  


  • Improve economic development of the County by encouraging viable investors offering light industrial and commercial opportunities.  I plan to work diligently with Economic Development to promote and generate investment.