I would Like to nominate Fleet Dept Employee Shane Adkins for Employee of the Month. The Fleet Department is one of the smallest departments in the Town of Jonesborough, with only 3 technicians serving 16 departments with over 200 vehicles and engine powered equipment, our schedule is tight. Police vehicles are replaced every so many years which requires new vehicles coming in and being sent to specialized “Upfitters” that install all the equipment and fixtures necessary to create a truly customized Cruiser for the Police and Fire departments. The budget was tight for the new vehicles and with a last-minute increase in prices by the “Upfitters”, equipping all the new vehicles would put the Police Department over budget on the new Units. Matt Rice approached Shane asking if he thought he could do the upfitting for the new Police Fleet. Shane had been servicing the Police units already but hadn’t upfitted a unit yet. He was given 2 units to prepare. Shane researched the necessary details online, and through a supplier of upfitter equipment and went to Washington Co. Sheriffs garage to clarify some questions he had about their units. He started slow and spent a few weeks doing the first car, then the second car went a little better. Along the way he improved the wiring design he was taught and came up with a better way to design the add on electrical system to support all the equipment to turn an Explorer into a Police unit. Shane completed 10-unit upfits saving $1,500.00 each, adding up to $15,000.00 in labor savings. He also saved the departments another $1,600.00 in shop supply charges. Both combined 16,600.00 saved. Another benefit is he knows everything about upfit work and that makes him the expert on our Police and Fire units. In order to complete this task Shane worked overtime without complaint to complete this project on time. After the new units were completed, he also changed three Police unit into Fire units. A job well done!
Thank you, Shane Adkins! You are appreciated!