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Keith Todd Kerman is a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and New York City’s first Chief Fleet Officer, appointed in October 2011. New York City has the largest municipal fleet in the United States with over 30,000 vehicles, 80,000 fleet operators, and 2,000 staff engaged in fleet service. Annually, NYC spends nearly $1 billion in fleet operations including acquisitions, repair, fuel, services, and collision claims.
Keith leads NYC Fleet’s representation and efforts for Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities in NYC, focusing on fleet and driver safety. Under his leadership NYC Fleet has trained almost 70,000 drivers in defensive driving, installed over 59,000 vehicle safety systems including surround cameras, pedestrian collision warning systems, and backup alarms. This also includes North America’s largest truck sideguard rollout as well as the largest North American telematics program for a municipal fleet. He also has managed the city’s partnership with the federal DOT Volpe Center which had resulted in the publication of a study about vehicle sideguards as well as the city’s first Safe Fleet Transition Plan and the updated Safe Fleet Transition Plan.
Keith manages inter-agency shared fleet services with major fleet agencies including NYPD, FDNY, DSNY, DOT, Parks, DOC, and DEP. Keith also implements Mayor de Blasio’s NYC Clean Fleet initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% for the City fleet including biofuel and electric vehicle adoption. New York City has one of the greenest fleets in the nation with nearly 20,000 vehicles operating on some type of alternative fuel.
Keith is in his 28th year of public service, having served over 17 years with NYC Parks, including as Assistant Commissioner for Citywide Operations. In 2019, Keith received the Sloan Public Service Award, NY’s highest public service recognition which has been called the Nobel Prize of NY public service. Keith is a native of Massachusetts, a graduate of Harvard College along with his wife Attorney Denise Delgado-Kerman, and father to two young boys.
Collisions between large vehicle operators and other road users continue to be a leading public safety issue today, and it takes an ecosystem of solutions to address the problem. More Info