Fort Lauderdale Cancels Contract for Law Enforcement Vehicles

City manager Robert Baldwin has spent more than three decades in local government management. His experience includes managing budgets of millions of dollars and managing city personnel of up to 3,200 employees. From 1978 to 1986, Robert Baldwin served as assistant city manager of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Fort Lauderdale recently canceled a contract with Government Fleet Services, a company hired to provide new, unmarked law enforcement vehicles. The city signed the $6.1 million contract last year in hopes of saving money on the replacement of its old fleet, but the contractor failed to provide the specified number of vehicles. The program could have saved money for the city by providing new cars at a substantially lower-than-market cost and allowing old cars to rotate out of the fleet for resale. The vehicles furnished by the contractor met the criteria for the discounted rate, but the contractor could not supply the quantity of vehicles required to meet the city’s needs.