The Starke County Commissioners are considering a request from Sheriff Bill Dulin about purchasing police vehicles.
Sheriff Dulin told the commissioners last week that two new vehicles would cost the county anywhere from $34,000 to $38,000 apiece, but he would like authorization to use the total of two new vehicles to purchase salvaged, used vehicles in good working order.
The sheriff noted that he will not be purchasing vehicles that would have electrical, flood or other frame damage, but low-mileage vehicles that are road worthy and ready for immediate use.
Starke County Council President Dave Pearman stated that some police departments in the country may be downsizing fleets where some of that type of equipment could be a good fit for the county.
Commission President Charlie Chesak and Commissioner Bryan Cavender commented that they would review the sheriff’s information a little more closely and make a decision at their next meeting on Monday, June 1.