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Government Fleet - July/August 2008

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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.

5 Steps to Creating a Fuel Consortium
Since its inception in 2003, the City of Fort Worth’s fuel consortium has grown from two government agencies to 27 north Texas governmental entities. The purchasing group has proven a valuable tool in eliminating unnecessary combined expenditures.

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

City of Fayetteville Builds A BioDiesel Dispenser
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.

Agencies Pool Resources in Partnerships
With the power of collaborations, government agencies make the most of their individual resources to tackle industry-wide issues while improving efficiencies.

The Greening of GWP Fleet Services
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 recycle programs.

Kern County Outsources Collision Management
Extracting subrogation funds is no longer a daunting task for Kern County, Calif., which has discovered advantages in sending accident reporting and management to an outside fun.
< br> The Big Squeeze in Police Vehicles: More Equipment, Less Space
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.


Lifecycle Costing VS. Low Bid For Equipment Acquisition
Lifecycle costing is a modeling technique that considers all fixed and operating expense of a vehicle or fleet function from acquisition to disposal. Improved quality and savings make the process worth the effort for public sector fleets.

6 Secrets to Extending Street Sweeper Brush Life
Since street sweepers are an important part of many public sector fleets, lengthening 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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