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In Memoriam: Windell Mitchell, 1941-2012

October 29, 2012

Windell Mitchell.
Windell Mitchell.

BELLEVUE, WA – Windell Mitchell, retired director of fleet administration for King County, Wash., Department of Transportation, passed away Oct. 23, 2012. He was 71.

Mitchell was named 2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year by Government Fleet magazine. Mitchell joined King County in 1973 after driving a friend to the County offices to drop off a job application. His first job with the County was as a budget analyst and ultimately become its long-time fleet manager. Mitchell worked for the County for 35 years before retiring in 2008.

In 2012, the 100 Best Fleets program established an annual award in his name, known as The Windell Mitchell Award for Innovation and Creativity in the Industry. 

Mitchell was born in Jamaica. As a teenager, he emigrated to the U.S. to study architecture and settled in the Seattle area with an older brother. Mitchell went on to graduate college and earn an MBA from the University of Washington prior to joining King County.

By Mike Antich


  1. 1. Von Trimnble [ October 29, 2012 @ 11:49AM ]

    NO ONE better with Fleet Operations and a TRUE Civil Servant supreme. Will remember all his valuable insights.

  2. 2. Steve Kibler [ October 29, 2012 @ 12:38PM ]

    Anyone whomever worked with Windell knows there has never been a kinder, more courtious professional fleet manager. No matter what the problem, it was always greeted with that beautiful smile and that 'Mr. Rogers' positive attitude. Windell will be missed from our ranks.

  3. 3. John Clements [ October 29, 2012 @ 01:44PM ]

    Windell was a true fleet professional and very positive force in our field. I'm proud to say he was a friend and will be missed tremendously.

  4. 4. Joyce Mitchell [ November 02, 2012 @ 11:23AM ]

    Win took being a fleet manager very seriously. I worked for Win for 22 years. Being good was never enough; we had to be the best.


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