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24 Vie for 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

The 2010 award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management and will be presented April 25 in Detroit.

March 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

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John Alley, CAFM
Deputy Director, Fleet Services
City of San Diego
, Calif.
On-Road Units:
3,864
Off-Road Units: 349
Maintenance Facilities:
15 (locations); 17 (shops)
Fleet Budget:
$101M
# of Years Nominated:
3

Best Memory: The City's budget process reengineering effort culminated in the consolidation of the Public fleet equipment division, the fire department maintenance section, and the police department automotive maintenance division in July 2007. "This comprehensive study resulted in one fleet services organization within the City, saving taxpayers more than $3.5 million annually; reducing staffing by 35 positions; and establishing an internal service fund for all general fund departments, among other results.

2009 Accomplishments: A directed fleet reduction program reduced underutilized and obsolete fleet vehicles within the City by more than 300 units and saved the City nearly $12 million, in addition to the annual savings of $3.5 million under the fleet consolidation effort; the delivery of 14 new Type 1 Fire Engines and two Type III Fire Engines during the calendar-year replaced old, outdated fire apparatus'; and established a second shift at the fire maintenance facility and reassigned twelve team members to reduce the downtime for critical heavy fire apparatus citywide, increasing the operational ready rate from 65-85 percent in less than seven months. 

Michael Brennan, CEM
Fleet Manager
Manatee County
, Fla.
On-Road Units:
857
Off-Road Units:
491
Maintenance Facilities:
3
Fleet Budget:
$5.2M
# of Years Nominated:
1

Best Memory: "The fondest memory I have working in the fleet profession is witnessing the accomplishments of those under my direction," said Brennan. "Listening to them describe their thoughts when they first realized their accomplishment, and seeing the passion they have to excel and advance to the next level. These are the memories I cherish the most, and they fuel the passion I have for leading this group of professionals in to the future."

2009 Accomplishments: Initiated and completed a comprehensive third-party training needs assessment for inclusion in County's long range business plan as organizational and individualized goals for staff members; completed construction of a new 17,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility which includes state-of-the-art technological and environmental systems in support of vehicles and equipment assigned to our utility infrastructure maintenance operations; and reduced expenditures in 2009 through assignment rotation, life cycle analysis, and an aggressive PM program by over $1.2 million.   

Bill Burns
Fleet Operations Manager
City of Columbus
, Ohio
On-Road Units:
2,950
Off-Road Units:
2,170
Maintenance Facilities:
4
Fleet Budget:
$34M
# of Years Nominated:
2

Best Memory: "The fondest memory I have working in the fleet profession is witnessing the accomplishments of those under my direction. Listening to them describe their thoughts when they first realized their accomplishments and seeing the passion they have to excel and advance to the next level. These are the memories I cherish the most, and they fuel the passion I have for leading this group of professionals into the future." 

2009 Accomplishments: Reduced recordable injuries by 29 percent and reduced lost workdays by 40 percent; putting first CNG refuse truck in service March 2009; and finished $1.5 million dollars under budget for 2009, a first for Fleet Management!  

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