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Madison hires New York City employee as fleet superintendent

Madison hires New York City employee as fleet superintendent

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A New York City employee with years of fleet and operational experience will take the role as Madison’s fleet superintendent.

Mahanth Joishy is set to take over the role of overseeing the city’s Fleet Service Division on July 31 after longtime Superintendent Bill Vandenbrook retired last month. Joishy worked for New York City’s parks and recreation department managing vehicle repair, waste collection and citywide emergency response, among other tasks, as part of his 16-year stint working for the largest city in the United States.

In 2012, he began overseeing a safety program for New York City’s 30,000-vehicle fleet and helped in the response to Hurricane Sandy, which wracked the East Coast that same year.

“I look forward to working with Madison city staff and residents to make fleet a model for environmental sustainability, safety, efficiency and cost savings, while utilizing resources already in the community,” Joishy said in a statement.

As fleet superintendent, Joishy will be in charge of buying, maintaining, fueling and disposing of the 1,200 vehicles and pieces of equipment used in all city departments except Metro Transit and the Water Utility.

Joishy, a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Queens College in New York, was born in Malaysia. He grew up in Indiana, Missouri, India, Saudi Arabia, England and Ohio.

Vandenbrook, a Wisconsin native, held the post since 1991. He had experience in the auto industry before taking a job with the Madison city government in 1979.

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