The Elbert County Board of Commissioners also approved a purchase of at least one, potentially two new patrol cars for the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Elbert County Sheriff Melvin Andrews, six of the department’s current cruisers have well over two hundred thousand miles on the odometer.
The vehicles of choice are a pair of 2014 Dodge Chargers, which is the only option for replacing the older patrol cars, as the Georgia State Patrol currently has no used cars available according to County Administrator Bob Thomas.
“We had looked at some used state patrol cars in the past, and we’ve purchased some of those, but none of those are available”, said Thomas. “We’ve checked and they said they probably wont have any available until the beginning of their fiscal year, which is around July.”
The decision was made to go with Don Jackson Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep out of Union City, GA for the purchase, as that dealership had the cars ready to be delivered.
Total cost per cruiser is just under $25,000, which does not include the cost of lettering and lights.
Originally the quote from the dealership outlined that both vehicles would have to be paid in full within thirty days of delivery, but the board of commissioners are going to try and see if it’s possible to stagger the payments, as SPLOST funds are expected to be very tight for the month of February.