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After discussion, council OKs squad car purchases

January 21, 2014

Pictured is one of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department’s recently purchased squad cars. The WCSD switched from brown vehicles to white to save money.

COLUMBIA CITY — Give and take — that was the concept Whitley County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Marc Gatton pitched to County leaders last week.
Gatton asked County Council to give the department an additional $26,960 for the purchase of four new vehicles.

The actual cost to outfit the three cars and one SUV would be more than $100,000, but Gatton told both the County Commissioners and County Council members that the department would shoulder the financial burden to retrofit the vehicles.

“We could come to you and ask for $106,000,” Gatton told Commissioners. “However, Sheriff Hodges has agreed to buy the equipment out of his Discretionary Fund as well as the Garage Items Fund.”

Commissioners presented a favorable recommendation to Council members. However, some county leaders questioned the need for new vehicles in lieu of repairs.

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