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Fleet Management Advisory Committees

Meet the 2013 Fleet Management Advisory Committees for General Fleet and Fire Rescue/EMS. The Florida Sheriffs Association would like to thank these dedicated professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to analyze the bid packages received from the dealers (bidders), a process that requires travel and nearly a week out of their regular schedules.

2013 General Fleet Management Advisory Committee:  Back row:  Steve King, Alachua County Sheriff's Office; Andrew Terpak, FSA Contract Coordinator; Gary Armstrong, Retired from Putnam County; Steve Mitchell, Committee Chair, Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office; Mark Bates, Tarpon Springs Fleet; Donnie Mitchell, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office; Robert Gilmore, Volusia County Fleet.  Front row:  Ray Griffith, Retired Alachua County; Mike Wimberly, Brevard County Sheriff's Office; Andy Conklin, Volusia County Sheriff's Office.  Not shown:  Steve Casey, FSA Executive Director; Peggy Goff, FSA Assistant Executive Director; Lynn Meek, FSA Contract Bid Coordinator; and Francis Hart, Polk County Sheriff's Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brief biographies of General Fleet Management Advisory Committee...

Robert Gilmore, Operations  Manager, Volusia County Fleet Management – 17 years
Fleet size: 2,300
About:  His department supports all county vehicles and equipment from the Sheriff’s Office, Fire,  and Public Works to Solid Waste.  The fleet is comprised of everything from ATVs and police cars to landfill equipment.
Steve King, Fleet Manager, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office – 9 years
Fleet Size: 500
About:  Graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration.  Likes to fish, hunt and does competition BBQ.
Ray Griffin, Retired Fleet Manager, Alachua County Fleet Manager, 29 years
About:  Over 37 years of service in Public and Private sector Fleets. Achievements:  Certified Public Manager, ASE Master Auto Technician, ASE  Master Medium / Heavy Truck Technician, ASE Master Engine Machinist and 5 different Emergency Vehicle Technician certifications. He served on the Emergency Vehicle Certification Validation Committee writing certification tests. He enjoys building race cars, hunting and fishing. He resides in Bradford County with his wife of  38 years, Teresa.
Mark Bates, Fleet Manager, City of Tarpon Springs, 8 years. 
Fleet: Fire Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Public Works. 
About:  Received certification in Auto and Diesel Technology from Lincoln Technical Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana; 15 years in three Ford dealerships in Indiana and Florida, was a team leader and received a Ford Master Certified Technician status in Powertrain. Served as an instructor for Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program. Has been a Master ASE Auto Technician since 1997.   Prior to current position, worked for Verizon of Florida acquiring heavy truck experience working on aerial and digger devices.  He received his Associates Degree of Science at Pace University in 2005.
Stephen Mitchell, Director General Services Bureau, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office – 39 years
About:  Responsible for planning, organizing and directing the human and material resources responsible for providing support services to the Sheriff’s Office, Vehicle fleet, Telecommunications Systems and Warehouses.  He also enjoys traveling, golf and flying.
Donald Michell, General Manager II, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office – 34 years.
Fleet Size: 2,500
About:   Section Manager of the Fleet Maintenance Section responsible for the agency’s vehicle fleet which collectively travel approximately 18 million miles annually. He enjoys boating, golf, traveling and community and charity events.​
Andrew Conklin, Fleet Manager, Volusia County Sheriff's Office - 7 years
Fleet Size: 645 vehicles

About:  Retired Commander from Deland Police Department. Responsible for purchasing Volusia County Sheriff’s Fleet Vehicles and Equipment  and  Fleet Operations. He is a member of the Emergency Certification/Validation committee.  When not working his busy schedule, he enjoys ATVs, boating, RV Traveling and R/C Helicopters.
Mike Wimberly, Fleet Manager, Brevard County Sheriff's Office - 19 years
Fleet Size: 800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brief biographies of the Fire Rescue/EMS Management Advisory Committee...

Mark Bates, Fleet Manager, City of Tarpon Springs, 8 years. 
Fleet: Fire Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Public Works. 
About:  Received certification in Auto and Diesel Technology from Lincoln Technical Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana; 15 years in three Ford dealerships in Indiana and Florida, was a team leader and received a Ford Master Certified Technician status in Powertrain. Served as an instructor for Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program. Has been a Master ASE Auto Technician since 1997.   Prior to current position, worked for Verizon of Florida acquiring heavy truck experience working on aerial and digger devices.  He received his Associates Degree of Science at Pace University in 2005.
Scott Canaday,  Director of Emergency Management
Highlands County.
About:  Scott is a former resident of Indiana and a graduate of Vincennes University where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance. He continued his education at Purdue University by earning a B.S. in Aeronautical Technology and Electronics and later earned a Master’s Degree in Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2007.  Scott has served as volunteer firemen, EMT, training officer, records manager and emergency planner. Scott, his wife, and two sons live in Lake Placid, FL.
Rick Hartzog, Assistant Chief Administration, City of Lakeland Fire Department – 23 years
About:  Rick is  responsible for managing the fire department budget, facilities and fleet.  The fleet consists of seven fire engines, three 55’ aerial engines, one 100’ aerial apparatus, eight rescue vehicles, two ARFF apparatus, one rescue boat, one Polaris Ranger and, 16 staff vehicles of various types.  In his spare time he likes to hunt, hike and play golf.
Tony Autorino (information still to come)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some scenes from bid review week 2013...

FSA Assistant Executive Director of Operations, Peggy Goff, works closely with the Advisory Committee, including Chair Steve Mitchell, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
During bid week, the Florida Sheriffs Institute Training Center in Tallahassee  is the site for bid review and the bulk of the committee's work. 
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