Pictured is one of the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Departmentâ€™s recently purchased squad cars. The WCSD switched from brown vehicles to white to save money.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Give and take â€” that was the concept Whitley County Sheriffâ€™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.
â€śWe could come to you and ask for $106,000,â€ť Gatton told Commissioners. â€śHowever, Sheriff Hodges has agreed to buy the equipment out of his Discretionary Fund as well as the Garage Items Fund.â€ť
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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