JUNE 27, 2008
City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to Consolidate Fleet Maintenance Operations on July 1
Charlotte, NC— After two years of preparation, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will be consolidating their fleet maintenance operations under the City's management on July 1, 2008. The consolidated maintenance operation will be managed by Business Support Services' Equipment Management Division, which has been ranked the 4th best-managed fleet in the country (public or private) by Fleet Equipment Magazine. The fleet consolidation project is a cost-effective collaboration between the City and County that will save the County more than $700,000 over the first three years, with other cost-saving initiatives being anticipated as time goes on.
Both the County Manager and City Manager approved the development of this consolidation in the summer of 2007. The implementation plan was completed and approved by the Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners in April 2008. As part of the plan, all County employees impacted by the consolidation have been offered positions with the City, and this transition will provide them greater opportunity for advancement. "We feel the consolidation will result in both a cost saving and better training opportunities for employees who have kept our fleet running," says Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones. Efrain Torres, a double master certified technician who had been with the county for nine years, agrees that there are more opportunities and training being provided. Torres will be joining the City on July 1 and points out that "everything is still new but I welcome the challenge and am comfortable with the transition." The consolidation also brings the addition of the County maintenance facility, which will ease capacity issues currently being experienced by the City.
This consolidation effort will prove to be beneficial for both the City and the County and will provide more service options for the departments of both organizations. Fleet users will now be offered more effective and efficient services as a result of this collaboration. Curt Walton, City of Charlotte Manager says "the City is excited to welcome the newest staff additions to our Business Support Services' Equipment Management Division. Streamlining our resources with the County is a mutually beneficial opportunity to achieve efficiencies and provide better service for our customers."
For more information regarding the City and County fleet consolidation, please contact Chuck Robinson at 704-432-3539.