Four new patrol cars have been delivered to Chattooga County and are being outfitted for use for the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department. The problem is the cars have not been paid for and according to Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters the cars were not approved for purchase by the Sheriff’s Department.
AM 1180 has obtained a letter from the commissioner to the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department that states:
"It has come to my attention that the Sheriff’s Department has received shipment of approximately four patrol cars from a dealership. The cars have not been authorized for purchase, nor was propper bid procedure followed and financing has not been acquired for any possible purchase. The cars are not insured nor covered under county comprehensive coverage or liability insurance and should not be kept on county property but be returned to the dealership in order to resolve this situation."
Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett was out of town on Tuesday afternoon but called AM 1180’s Julie Steele stating that the purchase had been discussed with the commissioner. The sheriff said that he would be in the AM 1180 studios on Wednesday to speak about the purchase of the four patrol cars. AM 1180 will have updates on this story coming up on Wednesday afternoon in local news at 3:30 and 5:00 PM.
Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett came by the AM 1180 studios on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the patrol car situation. Everett says he has no plans to send the cars back and plans to work out the situation with the commissioner.
Everett contends that he and Winters met in December where Everett proposed the purchase of 6 cars. He said Winter’s approved the purchase of 4 cars and said he would work on getting local financing. Everett said he never heard back from Winters on the local financing. He said Winters told him to have the cars delivered in January.
Everett said he acquired the 4 new 2010 Dodge Chargers with V-6 engines from Jackie Jones Dodge in Cleveland, Ga. on a lease purchase option that will cost about 26,000 per year and $1 at the end of the lease.
The one other bid Everett said he received was from Carl Gregory in Columbus, It was not furnished to AM1180 at the itime of the nterview but the Sheriff said he would have it faxed to the radio station.
Right now the cars are parked on private property as per the letter from Winters, according to Everett.