Sheriff’s office to get new cars

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2011

There will soon be a new look to Covington County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle fleet after commissioners approved the purchase of a new Chevrolet car Monday.

For many years, the state approved vehicle was a Ford Crown Victoria; however, that has now changed. Departments can choose from a Ford Interceptor sedan, a Dodge Charger, a Chevrolet Impala, Tahoe or Caprice, according to the state’s department of finance purchasing division.

Sheriff Dennis Meeks said while the specific model to be purchased hasn’t been determined, the vehicle will replace one with 225,000 miles on it.

“Packaged out, we’re looking at $30-$32,000,” he said of the new car cost.

Commissioners gave the county engineer the authority to seek sealed bids once Meeks gives specs needed for the new car.

Meeks said he also plans to purchase a new transport vehicle for jail use.

Both the old vehicles will declared as surplus once the new ones arrive.