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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 SO; Andrew Terpak, FSA Contract Coordinator; Gary Armstrong, Retired from Putnam County; Steve Mitchell, Committee Chair, Hillsborough County SO; Mark Bates, Tarpon Springs Fleet; Donnie Mitchell, Hillsborough County SO; Robert Gilmore, Volusia County Fleet. Front row: Ray Griffith, Retired Alachua County; Mike Wimberly, Brevard County SO; 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 SO.


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. He enjoys golfing, camping, ATVs and outdoor activities.
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

AboutRetired 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

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. 
He enjoys golfing, camping, ATVs and outdoor activities.
Ron Kennedy, Operations Chief, Manatee County Fleet Management – 16 years
About: He is tasked with all of the specification writing for equipment being purchased by Manatee County. His Fleet currently includes 1343 units, outside of small engine. He currently has 23 units in service. Mr. Kennedy has been in his current position since 2008 and employed within the Manatee County organization since 1998. He enjoys spear fishing, is a boat captain and is an avid NASCAR fan.
Malcolm “Mac” Kemp, Deputy Chief of Operations for Leon County EMS
About: Mac began his EMS career in 1977 as an EMT with a funeral home based ambulance service. He has worked in private, hospital, and government based EMS systems. He worked for over 20 years as an EMS Training and Quality Management Officer. He holds a master’s degree in Health Education from Florida State University and a master’s degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Post-Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California. Mac is actively involved in many EMS related issues on a regional, state, and national basis. He is currently the President of the Florida Council of EMS Chief’s. He is married to Lori and has four children.




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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