June 28, 2019
City Spotlight: Sanitation Services & Fleet Management Director John Pittman
With less than two weeks under his belt as the new City of Pensacola Sanitation Services and Fleet Management Director, John Pittman already has high expectations for his team.
“I want to bring a sense of excellence here,” Pittman said, adding that he plans to do a top-down analysis of the entire Sanitation Services and Fleet Management operations.
“It’s not to find out what’s wrong, but to find out what we’re doing and how we can be better at that,” Pittman said. “We want to do better, and that’s the goal is to put forth a greater effort in being better than yesterday.”
Watch Pittman on this week's episode of City Spotlight to hear more about his goals as Sanitation Services & Fleet Management Director.
Pittman began his new role with the City on June 17, coming from DeKalb County, Georgia, where he served as the Assistant Director of Residential Collections. He previously worked as the Assistant Director of Solid Waste for the City of Clearwater Florida and Solid Waste Senior Foreman for the City of Largo, Florida.
Pittman has a master’s degree in public administration from Barry University, a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in business administration from Florida Metropolitan University.
He started his career in sanitation riding on the back of a garbage truck collecting trash, eventually earning his college degrees while working full-time. It’s not too often you hear someone call garbage a passion of theirs, but for Pittman, it truly is.
“People say garbage is garbage,” Pittman said. “And it is, but there’s a passion behind garbage for me, and I enjoy what I do.”
Pittman and his wife, Sherilla, are looking forward to exploring Pensacola’s many restaurants and attractions, along with being closer to some of their family in south Florida. Pittman has five children ranging from 17 to 35 years old, and 10 grandchildren from ages 5 to 14.
As the Sanitation Services and Fleet Management Director, Pittman will oversee trash collection for residents and business in Pensacola, along with maintenance of the City of Pensacola's many vehicles.
Pittman said seeing residents smile when their trash is picked up and their neighborhoods are left better than they were before is one of the highlights of the job.
“It makes people happy when you do what you need to do,” Pittman said. “Picking it up, disposing of it, getting rid of it – that’s what they want. We provide that service, and I enjoy providing that service. And I will do whatever it takes to make sure that we are the best among the best when it comes to providing our service to the City of Pensacola.”