Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh has appointed Richard Devesty as Citywide Director of Fleet Operations. Devesty will be responsible for managing the maintenance and acquisition of all city vehicles and truck equipment. The recent hire is a vital component in upgrading the City’s existing fleet of vehicles to strengthen and deliver city services effectively, efficiently, and equitably.
As a former service manager for ABF Freight Systems Inc. (ABF), Devesty has over 28 years of experience in LTL (less-than-truckload) freight, logistics, and supply chain management. In Devesty’s previous role, he oversaw planning for all ABF facilities. He was also responsible for fleet maintenance repairs, and preventative maintenance of ABF’s equipment.
“Richard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role, and we are excited to have him as part of our team,” said Chief Operating Officer Corey Driscoll Dunham. “Everything from snowplows, fire engines to sanitation trucks, and police vehicles, a fully functional and well-maintained fleet is critical to city operations.”
Devesty will manage the fleet operations program across six city departments (Fire, Water, Public Works, Parks, Engineering and Police). His job duties will consist of procurement and administration; inventory, inspections; preventative maintenance; repairs and replacement scheduling; and ensuring sufficiency and safety of fleet and equipment for daily operations. The fleet operations director will report to Driscoll Dunham.