Pennsylvania’s new treasurer Joe Torsella announced he is reducing the size of treasury’s fleet from 21 vehicles to 10. He will not use a dedicated state car and will end the practice of assigning state cars to individual treasury staff. Torsella made the announcement days after being sworn into office on Jan. 17.
“As treasurer I will closely scrutinize every expense that comes across my desk to ensure that it is used responsibly, and that begins with my own department. This policy will ensure that treasury’s vehicles will only be used to serve the taxpayers who are paying for them," he stated in a release.
Torsella has declined the use of a dedicated state vehicle and will continue to use his personal vehicle. He will not seek reimbursement for mileage.
In addition, under the new policy, no vehicles will be assigned to employees on a permanent basis. Instead, a limited number of pooled vehicles will be signed out as needed for official business and the mileage recorded. The treasury will return the extra 11 vehicles back to the Commonwealth’s Department of General Services.
The new policy is effective immediately.