Campbell Named Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

July 2012, Government Fleet - Cover Story

by Thi Dao - Also by this author

At a Glance

Campbell's accomplishments at the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., include:

  • Updating the maintenance shop.
  • Creating a point system for procurement.
  • Locking in fuel prices for 2011, leading to significant savings in fuel costs.
  • Expanding the City's alternative-fuel fleet.

Larry Campbell, CPFP

Larry Campbell, CPFP
Larry Campbell, CPFP, started in fleet as a mechanic’s helper 34 years ago, and has risen to become one of the most respected public-sector fleet managers in the industry, being selected the 2012 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year. And this isn’t the first year he and his fleet have been recognized. Campbell, fleet management director for the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., led the City fleet to No. 1 of the 100 Best Fleets in 2006 and has been either an Elite Fleet or on the top 20 since.

The award is judged by a peer group of 16 public-sector fleet managers from around the country. Sponsored by the Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA) and Fleet Counselor Services (FCS), the award recognizes excellence in fleet management. Campbell accepted a trophy at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX) on June 20.

“It was very much a team effort,” Campbell said during his acceptance speech. “I want to thank the staff back in Fort Wayne, because without them, this could not have happened.”

Leading & Promoting a ‘Green’ Path
As president of the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition Board of Directors, Campbell has helped lead the drive toward alternative-­fuel fleet vehicles in the State. The coalition acts as a resource for member fleets in their deployment of alternative fuels and technologies, mainly in the form of educational events and training. Since his presidency at Clean Cities, the coalition has been able to grow through grants and training, moving from one part-time director to a full-time director position with two additional part-time staff, Campbell said.

In the Fort Wayne fleet, he has been able to provide a positive example of alternative fuel use through his work with International Trucks to develop a jetter truck with an Eaton hybrid drive system. After nearly three years in development, the fleet was able to deploy and use the concept vehicle.

The hybrid system allows operators to use the truck in hybrid mode, with the ­vehicle not running, while they set up a work zone. This eliminates idling time on a set-up that could take 20-30 minutes, Campbell said.
Because the truck is funded partially by grants, the fleet has to keep track of fuel savings for reporting purposes. Campbell reported a 45-47% in fuel savings compared to other trucks doing the same type of work.

Other alternative-fuel vehicles in the fleet include 38 hybrid Ford Escapes, 10 hybrid Ford Fusions, five all-electric Think cars, and an International truck with an aftermarket Enova hybrid system. Additionally, all diesel vehicles use B-20, and 57% of City-owned vehicles are E-85 capable. In 2011, the City used 124,000 gallons of E-85, with each gallon costing about 35 cents less than regular gasoline.

Fort Wayne technicians hard at work.
Fort Wayne technicians hard at work.
Larry Campbell (center) with Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year finalists Kevin Schlangen, CPFP, Dakota County, Minn., and Dave Head, Sonoma County, Calif.
Larry Campbell (center) with Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year finalists Kevin Schlangen, CPFP, Dakota County, Minn., and Dave Head, Sonoma County, Calif.

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