Sarasota County’s Fleet Division staff ranked third in nation for leadership in its work

Award recognizes excellence in management and expertise in fleet strategies

Sarasota County General Services Fleet Division has been ranked third in nation for leadership in fleet management, the county has announced.

Sarasota County Fleet Services Manager Justin Mullins, Fleet Operations Manager Michael Naletko, and Fleet Acquisitions and Replacement Program Supervisor Erinn DeJonge accepted the award during the 2023 Government Fleet Expo and Conference, which was held in late May, a news release notes.

“This is an outstanding win for the county Fleet Services Division and demonstrates our continued commitment to quality outcomes,” said General Services Director Dan Rodriguez in the release. “This award exemplifies our excellence in management, dedication to streamlining operations, implementing best practices, and expertise in fleet strategies,” he added.

“Sarasota County Fleet Services maintains more than 1,600 county vehicles, fire and rescue trucks, white fleet vehicles and heavy equipment,” the release points out. “White fleet” refers to “all the county vehicles,” as opposed to the Sheriff’s Office vehicles (green fleet), a county staff member explained to The Sarasota News Leader several years ago. The term includes general purpose cars/vans/SUVs, specialized equipment services trucks and emergency services vehicles.

“Since 2014, Government Fleet magazine and the American Public Works Association (APWA) have bestowed this prestigious award” on the top 20 Leading Fleets in the U.S. and Canada, the new release adds.