Immediate Release

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Brian Adey
 798-5800

Griffo Releases County’s First Vehicle
 Replacement Policy

Oneida County Executive Joseph A. Griffo today released the county’s first-ever countywide vehicle replacement policy as a step towards maximizing efficiency.

“When I took office, I found that some departments operated one way, others did things differently, based on a collection of informal agreements, past practices and department head policies,” Griffo said. “We needed a standard policy to cover all county departments, even those that are major vehicle users such as Public Works and the Sheriff’s Department. We also needed to centralize some control to ensure that vehicles taken out of service in any department do not become a ‘pool’ of surplus vehicles. ”

Under the policy, vehicles can be considered for replacement based on age and mileage. County departments wanting to replace vehicles need to submit their requests to a review panel, which will then make a recommendation to the County Executive or Board of Legislators. Griffo said that, barring unforeseen emergencies or grant funding, the county will authorize vehicle purchases only through its annual budgeting process.

Griffo said that the policy is part of his effort to reduce the overall number of county-owned vehicles. There are currently about 300 cars and light trucks in the county fleet, in addition to the heavy equipment used by the Department of Public Works to plow and maintain county roads and facilities. “I know that as a County Government, we need to have road patrols, public works crews, and some county staff in all parts of the county,” Griffo said. “But vehicles are a cost to buy and maintain. We need enough vehicles to meet our needs, but no more.”

Griffo said he will also focus on the use of cars that are replaced. “Now that we are using e-Bay to sell surplus items, and we have had success with the project, I would rather see us going out to sell cars on line and make a little money for the county rather than see a car that is removed from service given to someone else in the department. My goal is that we have only those cars we need, and that the ones we have fit the guidelines we have established. All the rest should be sold for whatever we can get for them.”