16 Nominated for Fleet Manager of the Year

May 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

by Thi Dao - Also by this author

Sixteen candidates have been nominated for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award, which honors fleet managers based on their accomplishments from the prior year. A panel of judges, all working fleet professionals managing diverse fleets around the nation, selects the winner of this annual award. Contestants are judged based on the following 10 criteria: fleet business plan, technology implementation, productivity, policies, preventive maintenance program, utilization management, replacement program, customer service, fuel management, and safety. The Fleet Manager of the Year will be announced at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) in San Antonio on June 12. The award is sponsored by Fleet Counselor Services.

Morris Anderson, CPFP

Fleet Maintenance Superintendent             

City of Wheaton, Ill.

  • On-Road Vehicles: 155
  • Off-Road Vehicles: 92
  • Maintenance Facilities: 1

2012 Accomplishment(s): I’m extremely proud of the ongoing cooperation between fleet and all City departments including Police, Fire, and Public Works. Our hard-working team provided excellent fleet service and support within today’s fiscal constraints. I also served on two committees of the Northwest Municipal Conference, a procurement co-op serving northern Illinois. I chaired the chassis committee that developed specifications for an ambulance and pumper. Additionally, I served another year as an officer for the Municipal Fleet Managers Association. I’m privileged to have worked side-by-side with so many professionals during my nearly 40 years in public fleet.

Richard Battersby, CAFM, CPFP      

Director, Fleet Services

University of California, Davis

  • On-Road Vehicles: 1,300
  • Off-Road Vehicles: 100
  • Maintenance Facilities: 1                         

2012 Accomplishment(s): I am proud of achieving the three-year goal of our business plan to stabilize the department’s operations, introduce efficiency improvements, and correct an operating deficit of $800,000 annually, which we did without major layoffs or a reduction in service delivery. We did this in the face of escalating staff costs and operating costs and an across-the-board departmental assessment. We also were able to avert potentially being outsourced by creating the first-ever annual Fleet Analysis, which details our budget and operating expenses while comparing services we provide to outside commercial vendor options. Mostly, I am proud of my team who enabled these successes.

Martin Bowman

Fleet Operations Manager

City of Riverside, Calif. 

  • On-Road Vehicles: 1,030
  • Off-Road Vehicles: 264
  • Maintenance Facilities: 3         

2012 Accomplishment(s): We were named the No. 1 Government Green Fleet in 2012. This has benefited our organization by raising the bar for performance and providing a heightened awareness about the importance of clean fuel and transportation. This acknowledgement has raised fleet morale and facilitated increased use of the fuel island by both business and residential customers. It has been an opportunity to show citizens and businesses what the City has been working toward and brought local business attention to natural gas fueling capabilities. The reduction in operating cost due to lower clean fuel pricing has been fantastic.

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