Public Works Expo 2018

MD39 - Fleet Services Workshop, Part 4: Spec Writing 101

Aug 27, 2018 4:00pm ‐ Aug 27, 2018 4:50pm


Regardless of the type or quantity of vehicles or equipment your agency needs, the most important part of the procurement decision-making process is making the right selection for the agency's needs. Not only can the wrong choices negatively impact the agency's service delivery, but they can also waste taxpayer dollars. This session will provide an overview of APWA's Spec Writing 101 publication that provides an oveview of how to conduct a legal and ethical procurement process for vehicles, equipment, and services to meet your agency's operational needs.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to: 

  • Determine a procurement method that is suitable for your agency's needs.
  • Determine a specification-writing process that covers all the necessary bases, including scope of work.
  • Evaluate how to set up a bidding process that will ensure that your agency acquires the best piece of equipment, at the best cost.


  • Darryl Syler, CPFP, Director of Fleet Management, City of Dublin, OH
  • Jeffrey A. Tews, CPFP, Fleet Operations Manager, City of Milwaukee, WI
  • Sam Lamerato, CPFP, Superintendent, Fleet Maintenance (Retired), Public Fleet Advisors, Madison Heights, MI

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