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Wednesday, Jun 01, 2016
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Hinton to Lead Fleet Services Department
Jones Retires after 41 Years of Service to City
A new director of Fleet Services has been announced for the City of Little Rock.
Willie Hinton was appointed to the position to replace Wendell Jones, who retired May 31 with after 41 years with the City, including the past 13 years in Fleet Services.
“I am excited to bring Willie on board to continue the great work of his predecessor, Wendell. His background in operations management and logistics made him the ideal candidate for this position,” City Manager Bruce T. Moore said. “Fleet Services is a multi-faceted department with many responsibilities, and I am confident Willie can provide the experience and leadership necessary to keep our department among the best in the nation. “
With nearly three decades of experience in supply chain management, logistics, and operations management, Hinton brings a broad range of technical expertise to his new role.
“I have made a career of out improving upon others good works over the years,” Hinton said. “I will bring new eyes to the great work that Mr. Jones has done over the years by applying the Plan, Do, Check and Act methodology for process and systemic improvements.”
His goals in Year 1 include “getting the systems right, treating people right, and staying out of the proverbial box,” he said.
“I prefer stepping out front and asking team members to join me on a journey that will sometimes require really hard work, but we will do it together,” Hinton added.
Hinton earned a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Education from the University of Central Arkansas and an associate’s degree in Design Technology from Phillips Community College.
Most recently, Hinton worked as the business unit manager for planning, scheduling, and distribution at Evergreen Packaging in Pine Bluff. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as the transportation and customer service manager at Levi Strauss & Company in Little Rock and 14 years as materials manager at Amtran Corporation in Conway.
The mission of Fleet Services is to provide cost efficient, quality vehicles, work equipment, vehicle storage, fuel, and other fleet support services to our customers in a timely manner, while being responsible stewards of our natural resources and the tax dollars of the citizens of Little Rock.
The department was recently named the sixth best in North America, according to the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas program.