Reducing Costs in Kern County’s Vehicle Replacement Process

Kern County, located in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley of California, was facing serious budget challenges.

This triggered Kern County’s General Services to reevaluate the process of replacing fleet vehicles and examine leasing options.  Their former process used a seven-year purchase plan versus the Enterprise Lease plan. The estimated annual cost savings for these 189 vehicles is $614,603, which equates to a total savings in excess of $3 million over the course of a five-year agreement with Enterprise.

As of January 2019, Kern County employees (as part of their LaunchKern Lean Six Sigma program) have accomplished the following outcomes:

  • More than 800 employees trained
  • 122 total projects completed
  • More than $7 million saved in combined hard and soft savings
  • More than 55,000 hours of wasted staff time eliminated and re-directed to mission critical tasks

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