Internal performance audit finds light vehicle fleet utilization could improve
Vancouver, WA — Clark County manages a fleet of nearly 400 light vehicles which supports all county services. A performance audit by the Auditor’s Office was designed to examine how efficiently the county manages and operates the fleet.
While the audit found recent progress adopting improved management practices, most of the fleet was underutilized between 2004 and 2011. This was particularly evident with day-use vehicles, take-home vehicles and the motor pool, with some exceptions.
Factors such as fuel efficiency, minimum vehicle size and mileage to be driven were most often not considered when choosing a vehicle to use or purchase. The fleet is composed almost exclusively of medium and large sedans and SUVs; it includes no sub-compact and few assigned compact vehicles.
The audit recommends clear strategic direction is needed for success, and perhaps specific assistance from the Board of County Commissioners. “For the fleet to change its current operating procedures requires a clear strategic direction and demonstrated senior management interest,” the report states.
County Auditor Greg Kimsey said restructuring the fleet will take a few years before major improvements are visible. “But,” he added, “there are recommendations in this report that can be implemented immediately to make us better stewards of public dollars.”
The report can be found at www.clark.wa.gov/auditor/audit/audreports.html or obtained by calling (360) 397-2310.
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