Buckeye, Ariz. – For the fifth straight year, the Town of Buckeye’s Fleet Management Division was named to the Top 100 Fleet Management Divisions in North America.

Buckeye Public Works Director Scott Lowe said the award is testament to the professionalism of the department, which outranked honorable mention recipients such as Fargo, N.D.; Kissimmee, Fla.; Anaheim, Calif. and Salt Lake City, Utah.

“We are obviously proud of our fleet management operation and its staff,” Lowe said.

“All our service technicians are certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and the program reflects the kind of quality work these employees provide for all of our fleet, from the ladder fire truck to a squad car to our street sweepers.

“In addition, their attention to detail in servicing our vehicles provides a longer life for town vehicles which in turn saves taxpayer dollars.”

Lowe added that the town has 316 vehicles and equipment an average of just under six years old that are driven a combined 2.1 million miles at an average cost of 36 cents per mile. The top 20 government fleet programs of those best 100 in the nation will be announced at a ceremony in San Antonio in June, Lowe added.

There are about 38,000 public fleets in North America, according to a Government Fleet magazine spokesman. Some 5,000 of those received invitations to apply for the 100 Best competition.

A panel of fleet manager judges from Troy, Mich.; Coral Gables, Fla.; Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., used a set of 12 criteria to rank the 100 best public sector fleets from the applications received.

Those criteria included accountability, use of technology and information, evidence of a high trust culture, performance recognition, collaboration, creativity, celebration of successes, doing it right the first time, quick/efficient turnaround, competitive pricing, staff development and resources stewardship.

Other fleet management departments from Arizona named to the Top 100 list included the Cities of Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe and Tucson.