Continuing the observance of National Public Works Week, today Knox County wants to highlight the Fleet Service Center and outstanding employee Steve Armstrong.
“By maintaining county vehicles efficiently, we’re able to save taxpayer money,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. “The Fleet Service Department works hard to keep maintenance costs low and keep our vehicles on the road longer.”
Steve Armstrong began his tenure at Knox County 27 years ago as a traffic sign installer for the sign shop. In 1986, Armstrong transferred to the Fleet Service Center working in the heavy equipment parts division. He is currently the inventory control manager who supports the mechanics with parts and supplies, as well as overseeing orders and cataloging inventory.
In his spare time, Armstrong enjoys spending time with his family in the Powell community. He has been married for 15 years and has three children.
“My department provides all parts and supplies to our ten mechanics and two body shop personnel in order to maintain the Knox County Fleet of over 1,400 vehicles and pieces of equipment,” said Armstrong. “Our parts department deals with over 400 vendors and processes over 6,000 repair orders with over 30,000 parts annually.”
The Fleet Service Center maintains a fleet of more than 1,400 on-road and off-road vehicles, ranging from lawn mowers and dump trucks to sheriff patrol cars, and is able to keep 97 percent of the entire Knox County fleet operating and ready for use at all times.
In most cases, the Fleet Service Center is able to have work completed within 24 hours of a vehicle or piece of equipment arriving for maintenance or repair.
Fleet Services has been recognized by several outside organizations for its outstanding quality of service, efficient repair turnaround and professional staff. Government Fleets named the Knox County Fleet Service Center one of the ‘100 Best Fleets’ in the nation for 2011, and received honorable mention in 2012. In addition to this recognition, the shop recently received its 4th Automotive Service Excellence Blue Seal award from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
For all the men and women who work diligently to maintain county vehicles, manage equipment inventory control and all the other countless aspects of public works, Knox County thanks you.
More information on National Public Works Week can be found at www.apwa.net/discover/National-Public-Works-Week.