Cherokee County Fleet Management was recently awarded the Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for the second straight year.

One of only six counties in the state of Georgia to achieve the designation, the department had to meet certain criteria as identified by the ASE, including requiring advanced certification of technicians.

“I am proud of our team’s efforts in continuing their education and their work to keep Cherokee County vehicles safe and well-maintained,” Director of Fleet Management Michael Dupuis said. “It is important that our technicians stay updated on new technologies and advanced techniques in repair. We are proud of the work we do every day and to be acknowledged with the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence is an honor.”

Fleet Management received the Blue Seal in recognition of its technicians’ proficient work — seven of the eight total technicians for the county have multiple ASE certifications, while two of the department’s employees are master technicians. The technicians for Fleet Management maintain approximately 800 vehicles, and on average service more than 10 per day while also receiving multiple service calls for job sites. All work is completed at the current facility on Chattin Drive in Canton. However, in the coming months, the Fleet Management department will have a larger facility for maintaining the county’s vehicles.

“As the county grows, so does the need for a larger fleet maintenance facility, allowing technicians to service county vehicles in an adequate space. The Fleet Management team services all county vehicles, from cars and SUVs to boats and fire apparatuses. I am proud of Michael and his team for their continued effort to excel as a leader in fleet management,” said Stacey Williams, agency director for Cherokee County Administrative Services, which oversees Fleet Management.

The maintenance facility expansion is currently under construction and is expected to be completed later this year. The $600,000 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax-funded project will greatly increase the capacity for maintenance and repairs of county vehicles. Features will include a higher roof to extend the ladders on fire engines and larger areas for county-owned heavy duty equipment.

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