Government Fleet – Issue

May 2009

Cover Story By Cheryl Knight
Fleet Manager Saves Millions with Business Approach

The winner of the 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award, Doug Weichman of Palm Beach County, Fla., has saved millions by expanding fuel contracts and right-sizing the County’s fleet.

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Features

Exclusive Industry Survey: Public Sector Fleet Manager Salaries Average $74,693 in 2008

By Lauren Fletcher

Are you paid enough? In 2008, public sector fleet manager salaries increased more than $4,200 over 2007 figures. By region, fleet managers in the West continue to pull in the highest salaries.

Dave Cole (r) with intern Luis Rodriguez, says the program prepares students to work for any city or public sector fleet. Can’t Find Good Technicians? Here’s One Solution

By Paul Dexler

When Dave Cole at the City of Glendale, Calif. could not find qualified technicians for his shop, he partnered with a local college to set up an internship program.

Biodiesel-powered street sweepers are among the 1,350 alt-fuel vehicles in the 1,500-unit Las Vegas fleet. Las Vegas Fleet is 90 Percent Green

By Lauren Fletcher

Operating a 90-percent alternative-fuel fleet brings the City of Las Vegas to the forefront of the “going green” movement. The City utilizes its green fleet to prove alt-fuel viability.

Zipcar provides the online management and reservation system for DCFleetShare, the District’s motor pool, expected to grow to 100 passengers in 2009. D.C. Slims Down and Shapes Up

By Stephen Bennet

The District of Columbia reduced its fleet size without sacrificing needed vehicles. Determining a reduction target was the first step.

Frank Morgan and his neighbors promote the “What a Country” veterans’ support project, initiated at a party to celebrate Morgan’s earning an MBA degree. Front row (l-r) LaDonna Whitaker, Michelle Campos, Karen Henrickson, and Melinda Lamb with “Sugar”; back row (l-r) Ken Whitaker, Rick Campos, Marc Beeson, Rick Nelson, Jim Faith, Dave Simpkins, and Morgan. Fleet Manager Promotes Outreach to Vets

By Staff

Fleet professional Frank Morgan invited friends and neighbors to celebrate his MBA achievement. The party sparked a grassroots project to support U.S. military veterans and their families.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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