Government Fleet – Issue

July 2008

Cover Story By Cheryl Knight
Windell Mitchell Set A Clear Vision For The Future

2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Windell Mitchell of King County, Wash., successfully led the County for 31 years, guided by a vision for the future while implementing innovative policies and practices.

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Features

5 Steps to Creating A Fuel Consortium

By Shelley Mika

In 2003, the City of Fort Worth’s fuel consortium started between its agency and Tarrant County. Since then, the consortium has grown from two government entities to 27 north Texas governmental entities today.

Award winning San Diego CIty Fleet team, directed by John Alley, CAFM, (back, third from right) poses with city officials Mayor Jerry  Sanders (front center), COO Jay Goldstone (front, third from right), and General Services Director Mario Sierra (back, fourth from right.) How to Successfully Implement A Fleet Consolidation

By Cheryl Knight

The City of San Diego’s Fleet Services Division successfully combined all services into a single organization. As a result, the City saved more than $3.5 million in its first year.

Larry Goill Award Winner David Bragg, fleet operations superintendent for the City of Fayetteville, Ark., helped developed what may be the nation’s first biodiesel dispenser capable of blending at the dispenser. City of Fayetteville Builds A Biodiesel Dispenser

By Cheryl Knight

In 2007, the City of Fayetteville, Ark., converted 52 percent of its 545 fleet vehicles to biodiesel. It currently saves 2.4 cents per gallon using B-20 versus petroleum diesel.

The Greening of GWP Fleet Services

By Robert LaRoche

An early proponent of environmentally responsible operations, Glendale Water & Power (GWP) Fleet Services incorporated alternative-fueled vehicles in 2001, and even earlier began waste reduction recycling programs.

Kern County Outsources Collision Management

By Mike Scott

Extracting subrogation funds is no longer a daunting task for Kern County, Calif., which has discovered the advantages of sending accident reporting and management to an outside firm.

More Equipment, Less Space In Police Vehicles

By Mike Scott

The increasing amount of technology hardware installed in law enforcement vehicles presents ergonomic and safety risks. Designers and engineers are developing strategies and products to address both issues.

Connected to Illinois Center, the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel is ideally situated within the Magnificent Mile, an American version of the Champs-Elysées. New Green Fleet Conference Debuts in Chicago Sept. 15-16

By Grace Lauron

Sponsored by three Bobit Business Media publications, the Green Fleet Conference 2008 will provide for the first time a forum for fleet professionals to learn and discuss real green technologies.

To lower costs and produce operational savings, Fleet Manager Jim Muller cut the City of Philadelphia’s fleet size. Changing Cultures in Philadelphia

By Staff

Facing serious budget cuts in 2004, the City's fleet department began reducing the fleet vehicle total, a process that had to overcome long-established practices and oppostion.

Dennis Hogan stands by a 2001 Freightliner FL 80 mechanic service truck. Lifecycle Costing VS. Low Bid For Equipment Acquisition

By Steve Bennett

Improved quality and savings make lifecycle costing — a modeling technique that considers all fixed and operating expenses of a vehicle or fleet function from acquisition to disposal — worth the effort for public sector fleets.

Regularly checking broom linkages is a small time investment that can yield big savings on replacement brushes. 6 Secrets To Extending Street Sweeper Brush Life

By Shelley Mika

Since street sweepers are an important part of many public sector fleets, extending the brush life is part and parcel to street maintenance. An industry expert offers his views on how to properly care for them.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
The Data on Data

By Thi Dao
With fleet management becoming more technology-­driven and automated, there is an increasing amount of data available.

How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
The Efficiency of the CHP's Vehicle Assembly Line

By Paul Clinton
The California Highway Patrol uses an assembly line similar to one found in an automaker's factory to add auxiliary equipment to about 1,000 vehicles per year.

How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels brings the gas station to your vehicles for the same price as a gas station. Its team members will fill up vehicles overnight or at a requested time and bill weekly. This could be a solution for fleets with old, expensive fueling infrastructure.

Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

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