Roger Weaver, CAFM, CPFP, CPM, assistant fleet manager for Riverside County, Calif., announced that he will retire from the fleet industry on Sept. 7, 2022. During his career, Weaver has worked in the fleet industry for 55 years, 21 in county fleet management and 34 at private fleets.
“It is with great conflicting emotions that I have finally decided to retire. The bittersweet of my decision is that I’ll have more time for family, friends, and hobbies (tinkering on my old cars and trucks) but I’m absolutely sure that I’ll miss the job.,” said Weaver.
During his tenure at Riverside County, Weaver helped manage a fleet of 4,300 on-road units that are managed and maintained by a staff of 57.
Weaver joined the Riverside County fleet organization in 2017, but his fleet career began 50 years earlier. Prior to working for Riverside County, Weaver served as fleet management director for the County of Bernardino County, Calif., for 16 years from 2001-2017, where he managed six maintenance facilities and a fleet of 4,997 on-road units and 407 off-road units
Under Weaver’s leadership, San Bernardino County was named the No. 1 fleet in the Leading Fleets program in 2017. Earlier, San Bernardino County earned the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification in 2013.
In addition to his public sector experience, Weaver worked 34 years at various private fleets, such as Danone Waters (2001), McKesson Corp. (1991-2001), and AT&T (1968-1991).
Weaver began his career working for AT&T/Pacific Telephone as a pay phone coin collector in 1968 and quickly became an installer and test technician. In 1970, his boss informed him of a looming massive layoff. To avoid demotion or being laid off, Weaver submitted for the first job opening that came up. It turned out to be a garage supervisor position. “Being a gear head at heart, I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I’ve never looked back,” said Weaver.
Prior to joining AT&T, Weaver served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1968 during the Vietnam War.
Today, Weaver lives in a mountain community on five-plus acres. “There is always something to do around the house or the forest. Whether it’s cutting down a tree, clearing a pathway, or chopping firewood, living on the mountain isn’t easy,” said Weaver. “When I’m not working around the house, I tinker around the garage restoring old cars.”
In addition to his domestic chores and hobbies, Weaver is looking forward to spending more time with his family.
“The family has grown to be pretty large now with a loving wife of 40-plus years, four wonderful children (plus their spouses), seven brilliant grandchildren (with some more spouses) and five fabulous great-grandchildren,” said Weaver.
When asked what he will miss the most about fleet, Weaver said: “I know I’ll miss the challenges, and rewards, of being a fleet manager. And I’ll miss the many fleet friends that I’ve made along the way and the continual education that they have bestowed. So, after more than 58 years of working, I’m turning in my keyboard and saying, farewell to all as I’m riding off into the retirement sunset.”
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet