William A. Verkest

Taking fleet to the next level

William A. Verkest, P.E.
APWA President

I am very proud to announce that APWA recently designated 22 candidates as Certified Public Fleet Professionals (CPFP). This group is the first to be certified under the new credentialing program, which was launched by APWA in September as part of a series of professional development initiatives promoting excellence in the public works profession. (See the accompanying sidebar for the 22 new CPFPs - Ed.)

The Public Fleet Professional Certification program is designed to ensure individual competency as well as provide the public works profession with recognized hiring and promotion standards in the public fleet management sector. As local governments are often asked to do more with the same or less funding, I applaud the new Certified Public Fleet Professionals who have taken this task head-on and proven they have the skills to move their fleet operations forward in this ever-changing environment.

The 22 CPFPs are just the first step and we expect many other fleet professionals to consider and step forward in the coming months and years. The three-part Public Fleet Professional Certification includes an eligibility application process, a 150-question multiple-choice examination, and a five-year recertification application process. The multiple-choice exam was developed based on the results of a job analysis study conducted in 2005 to determine and comprehensively describe the public fleet manager's job. The exam is intended to test a fleet professional's body of knowledge in the following areas:

  • Operations - maintenance of vehicles, equipment, and fixed equipment, parts, facilities management, fuel and lubricants management, and repair policies and strategies

  • General Development and Business - developing credibility/marketing (both internal and external), strategic and business planning, customer service and collaboration, emergency preparedness, and ethics

  • Asset Management - needs determination, research acquisition, utilization, replacement and disposal of vehicles, equipment and fixed equipment and parts

  • Financial Management - budgeting, cost recovery, fleet operating purchasing, vehicle replacement funding, and record keeping

  • Human Resource Management - staffing, work environment, employee training, policies and procedures

  • Risk Management - workplace safety management, vehicle damage, contract compliance, regulatory compliance, and security

  • Environmental Management - shop best practices and regulatory compliance

  • Information Management and Technology Systems

Certified Public Fleet Professionals have demonstrated professionalism, expertise and a personal dedication to advancing public works services in their community. If you are a fleet professional and prefer not to obtain the Public Fleet credential, you can still take your fleet to the next level by advancing your skills and engaging in networking opportunities with other fleet professionals. APWA offers several opportunities to participate in continuing education and to share ideas with other fleet professionals.

The APWA 2007 International Public Works Congress and Exposition will highlight several sessions on fleet such as "Modernizing Fleet Operations," "Fleets Roll as First Responders" and "Biodiesel's Impact on Public Fleet Operability and Economics." Opportunities for exchanging ideas and networking with other fleet professionals are always in abundance at Congress. Other opportunities are available through APWA's special Fleet infoNOW Community or by participating in the Fleet Services Committee.

Please take the opportunity to take your fleet to the next level by becoming a Certified Public Fleet Professional or by becoming involved in one of APWA's many fleet-related activities.

For more information about the Public Fleet Professional Certification program or APWA's other professional development initiatives, contact Certification Manager Becky Stein at (816) 595-5212 or

Certified Public Fleet Professionals include:

Byron Browning, CPFP, Manager, Coconino County Public Works, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Gord Dodd, CPFP, Director-Fleet Support, City of Edmonton, Alberta
Don P. Fitzgerald, CPFP, Maintenance Supervisor, City of Edmonton, Alberta
Gary M. Giudice, CPFP, Parts and Materials Manager, City of Rochester, N.Y.
George S. Hrichak, CPFP, Director Central Fleet, City of Chesapeake, Va.
John S. Hunt, CPFP, Fleet Manager, City of Portland, Ore.
Gene Jakubczak, CPFP, Fleet Services Director, City of Spokane, Wash.
John L. Keene, CPFP, Manager, KSL Services, San Juan Pueblo, N.M.
Samuel P. Lamerato, CPFP, Superintendent-Motor Pool, City of Troy, Mich.
James L. Landolt, CPFP, Fleet Systems Coordinator, City of Springfield, Mo.
Ken Lange, CPFP, Fleet Services Superintendent, Village of Lisle, Ill.
Robert E. Martimo, CPFP, Highway Division Superintendent, St. Louis County, Duluth, Minn.
Louis J. Miller, II, CPFP, Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, Village of Wellington, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Ted Phillips, CPFP, Fleet Service Division Manager, City of Salisbury, N.C.
Michael J. Reynolds, CPFP, Superintendent of Maintenance, Village of Arlington Heights, Ill.
Jim Schaad, CPFP, Fleet Manager, City of Fresno, Calif.
Jobst D. Schulte, CPFP, Fleet Manager, City of Moline, Ill.
Steven Stewart, CPFP, Garage Manager, City of Lawrence, Kan.
Mark Stinson, CPFP, Fleet Manager, City of Lee's Summit, Mo.
Sharon Subadan, CPFP, Department Director, Hillsborough County Fleet Management, Tampa, Fla.
John VanDelinder, CPFP, Street Department Superintendent, City of Bozeman, Mont.
Richard William Zambroski, CPFP, Equipment Maintenance Manager, Baltimore County Government, Glen Arm, Md.