Members of the Loudon County Commission approved a $250,000
request by the Loudon County Sheriff's Department for 10 new
police vehicles Monday night.
The purchase mirrors that of a similar request made as part of
the budget process in the summer, bringing the total amount to
be spent in the current budget to $500,000 for 20 cars. The
first ten have not yet been ordered, and County Purchasing Agent
Leo Bradshaw said if ordered this week, vehicles could begin
arriving in about 6 weeks, with all 20 here by April.
Bradshaw said the department has not yet made any purchases
because they were deciding on options, such as whether to buy or
lease the vehicles.
With the approval came an understanding the Sheriff's Department
would not be approved for an additional $250,000 in the next
budget for vehicles. Commissioner Don Miller, who is on the
budget committee, explained the county is essentially spending
next year's money now to save on maintenance costs in the
Commissioners also added a request to the Sheriff's Department
to get the newest vehicles on the road with officers who are
working to protect the people of Loudon County, though they
acknowledged they have no authority to tell the Sheriff how to
operate in that regard.
The $250,000 includes the equipment that goes along with the
The department made the request because many vehicles in the
fleet are aging and repair costs will rise with higher miles,
Bradshaw said. Also, the Crown Victoria is not going to be made
Commissioner Austin Shaver cast the lone vote in opposition to
the request, saying he wasn't convinced it would result in
savings and that such requests should be kept as part of the