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Cherokee County Fleet Management experienced a change in leadership this week as longtime director Michael Dupuis retired Friday after 17 years of service. New director Tony Bryant is set to take the helm of the department on Monday.

“Mike has been instrumental in the success that Fleet Management has experienced over the last 17 years. I thank him for his years of service and wish him all the happiness that retirement can bring,” Administrative Services Director Stacey Williams said in a news release. “In looking towards the future, I feel Tony Bryant’s experience and leadership style is exactly what Fleet Management needs to continue building on all the great successes under Mike’s tenure as director.”

As the director of the Fleet Management department, Dupuis supervised staff, oversaw daily operations and was instrumental in the design of a new 6,000 square foot expansion to the existing fleet management facility.

“We have grown tremendously over the 17 years that I have been with Fleet Management,” Dupuis said in a prepared statement. “It’s been an honor to work with the great group of people at Fleet and the county. I have enjoyed being part of the team that keeps Cherokee County vehicles safe and operational.”

Dupuis began his career with Cherokee County in 1999 as the parts manager for Ryder Management, a private company the county contracted with for fleet services. In May 2003, the county formed its own Fleet Management Department and hired Dupuis as its first director. During his tenure, the department went on to achieve numerous accomplishments, including being recently awarded the Automotive Service Excellence’s Blue Seal of Excellence award for the second time.

As Dupuis’ career with Cherokee County comes to a close, Bryant’s will begin with a strong vision and plans for the future. An Army veteran and Bronze Star recipient, Bryant brings with him more than 12 years of experience as a fleet/transportation manager for several companies, including sanitation company Republic Services and Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

“I am truly excited to join Cherokee’s Fleet Management Department and am thrilled to be part of a public service organization who holds the same values I carried throughout my career in the U.S. Army — integrity, honest, accountability, collaboration and teamwork,” Bryant said in a news release. “I look forward to building upon the staff’s impressive expertise and stand ready to use my knowledge to bolster the department’s offerings.”

Cherokee County’s Fleet Management Department is responsible for the maintenance and safety of all county vehicles on and off the road. Staff members are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year, including inclement weather situations, in which technicians are at the facility for 24 hours until after the inclement weather clears.

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