News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
City Fleet Director wins top national honors
Larry Campbell named 2012 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year
City Fleet Garners More Recognition
(June 26, 2012) – Larry Campbell, the City of Fort Wayne’s director of fleet management, has been named the 2012 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year by Government Fleet magazine. The prestigious award, which was given last week at a national fleet conference in Denver, recognizes the excellence in public sector fleet management.
“Larry has done an outstanding job of employing innovative techniques to make our fleet more efficient. His efforts have protected the environment and saved the City money,” Mayor Tom Henry said. “Larry’s unique vision and commitment to excellence serves our City and its residents well.”
Under Campbell’s direction, the City fleet has been ranked in the Top 20 Green Fleets for the last four consecutive years and has been ranked in the Top 20 municipal fleets for seven of the last eight years. In 2006, the City fleet earned the No. 1 ranking in the Top 100 Fleets.
The City fleet — which consists of more than 1,800 police, fire and city utility vehicles – has received national awards and recognition for its ongoing efforts to reduce emissions, work with manufacturers to develop hybrid vehicles and employ other initiatives to make its fleet more energy efficient.
Campbell has been director of fleet management for the city since 2003 and has 31 years of experience working with private and municipal fleets. He has made it his mission to look for ways to implement new environmentally-friendly initiatives that improve performance and save the city money.
“When Mayor Henry took office in 2008, he signed an executive order calling for emission reduction in our City’s fleet. I’m happy to report we met and exceeded those goals,” Campbell said. “It is an honor to receive a national award, but as a leading fleet in the country, we know there is more work to be done. We’re already looking at further ways to make us more efficient and continue to reduce costs, through exploration of new alternative fuels.”
Campbell said his most notable accomplishments include working with manufacturers to bring new ideas and vehicles from conception to development; reducing total fleet emissions and becoming an American Public Works Association (APWA) Certified Fleet Professional (CPFP). Last year, Campbell helped complete development of a first-of-its-kind sewer truck that realized a 43 percent savings in fuel costs compared to trucks doing similar work.
Campbell was also a finalist for Manager of the Year in 2010 and serves on various boards, including the national APWA Public Fleet Professional Certification Council, the local APWA chapter and the Greater Indiana Clean Cities, where he currently serves as president.