Biography – John

John S. Hunt, CPFP has been in the fleet industry for over 40 years, the last 12 as the Fleet Manager at the City of Portland, OR.  In June 2015, the Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA) and the Coalition for Green Fleet Management awarded the City of Portland with highest industry honors as the very first of only two fleets in the nation to be named a Fleet Masters operation.  Fleets must have both a Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) and CLEANFleet certification in order to earn the Fleet Masters designation.


CityFleet is an internal service provider within the Office of Management and Finance, Bureau of Internal Business Services at the City of Portland, Oregon – a vibrant city with a strong commitment to sustainability.  The City of Portland was the first to require commercial fueling stations to supply biodiesel and ethanol fuels, and fully supports many alternative modes of transportation.  The largest city in Oregon, Portland has a population of over 600,000 and covers 145 square miles.  John proudly oversees all of CityFleet operations – managing 77 employees with over 900 years of combined fleet experience, 7 service and repair shops, 10 fueling stations, 2 mobile fuel trucks, and an automated motor pool.  He leads the team in managing and maintaining the City of Portland’s diverse fleet, which consists of approximately 3,300 vehicles and pieces of equipment valued at over $135 million.  In addition, CityFleet is responsible for an annual Capital Acquisition Budget of over $18 million and an Operating Budget of over $19.6 million.  Services include: fleet management, acquisitions, equipment support, preventive maintenance, equipment repair and services, accident repair/body shop services, fabrication, welding, motor pool, and fueling.  CityFleet also provides services to outside agencies – recognized as a quality service provider with competitively lower prices.

John began his professional career in Fresno, CA in 1977 working with large fleets in the private sector.  In 1987 John joined the City of Fresno Fleet Management Division as a mechanic.  Through the city’s tuition reimbursement program, he studied business at California State University, Fresno.  Moving up the ranks from mechanic to manager in 2001, John advanced from working on public sector equipment to building the fleet budget.  In 2004, John’s hands-on experience and administrative knowledge helped the City of Fresno complete the nation’s most rigorous fleet industry certification.  In 2005, Fresno received the Clean Cities National Partner Award for “City Fleet of the Year” by the United States Department of Energy.  In June 2005 John was named the first-ever “Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year” by Government Fleet Magazine.  In November 2005 he was recruited to manage the City of Portland’s fleet operation.

Under John’s leadership, Portland has rapidly transformed and received national recognition by Government Fleet Magazine and The 100 Best Fleets in North America program.  Portland went from an unranked fleet in 2005 to #1 in 2011, and maintained Government Fleet Magazines “Elite Fleet” status for the five-year maximum term.

In 2007, John was certified by the American Public Works Association (APWA) as a Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP).  In 2008, he received “The Professional Manager of the Year Award in Public Fleet” award from APWA for outstanding achievements.  John has served on several Boards and Commissions that support public fleet managers including the APWA, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Fleet Managers Association, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force (SETF).  In June 2014, he was among 10 inaugural members inducted into Government Fleet Magazine’s Public Fleet Hall of Fame, which recognizes fleet leaders and pioneers who have significantly contributed to the profession.

With over 40 years of proven fleet management experience, John is often asked to share ideas and speak at fleet conferences.  He believes that the success of an organization depends on its greatest resource – its people.  Despite constantly declining budgets, Portland’s CityFleet accelerated staff development and ramped up training to expand its collective knowledgeable.  John was instrumental in achieving ASE Master Technician pay, doubling personal tool allowance, expanding shop tools, and increasing technician salaries.  He has made it a priority to invest in his team, actively efficiencies regardless of the budget climate, build strong relationships with customers based upon trust and accountability, and be on the leading edge of vehicle technologies.  This guarantees that CityFleet will be prepared to meet the challenge of an ever-changing fleet industry.