The Starke County Commissioners this week authorized Sheriff Oscar Cowen to investigate the options available for selling vehicles to raise some extra funds to be used to purchase a new transport van. Cowen approached the commissioners at their meeting Wednesday and explained that the department’s current prisoner transport van is getting old and is in bad shape, and he would like to sell three vehicles to raise money to purchase a new one.
Cowen said the department also recently retired a Crown Victoria police cruiser, and he would like to sell that vehicle, the old transport van and a DARE trailer. County Attorney Martin Lucas explained that any items valued at more than $1000 must be advertised and sold at a public auction, sealed bid sale, internet sale, or other public sale.
The commissioners approved a motion to allow Cowen to investigate options for selling the vehicles online, and instructed him to work with IT Director Joe Short to do so.