Scott Co. Sheriff wants additional car budgeted

Scott Co. Sheriff wants additional car budgeted; county on spending freeze

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Many Scott County deputy cruisers are showing their wear. Many Scott County deputy cruisers are showing their wear.
"300,000 miles is just way too much to have an emergency vehicle on the road operating in some of the conditions they operate in. It's not only unsafe for the officers, it's unsafe for the public," Sheriff Mike Cross said. "300,000 miles is just way too much to have an emergency vehicle on the road operating in some of the conditions they operate in. It's not only unsafe for the officers, it's unsafe for the public," Sheriff Mike Cross said.
"The sheriff will get his cars, it's just not going to be as quick as he likes," Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals said. "The sheriff will get his cars, it's just not going to be as quick as he likes," Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals said.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

HUNSTVILLE (WATE) - Scott County's sheriff wants the cruiser he says he was promised.

Scott County Sheriff Mike Cross took to his Twitter account this week, saying his fleet of vehicles is in desperate need of replacement.

Commissioners had approved two new vehicles, but because of budget problems deputies have only received one so far.

The county froze non-essential spending last month.

"Having these patrol units on the roads, that's essential. We have to answer these calls, and I don't want to play the blame game, I understand money is short, but because money is short doesn't mean we can quit doing our job. We have to do our job," stated Sheriff Cross.

County Finance Director Brian Strunk says the office will get the new cruiser eventually, but that the closure of the hospital affected the budget more than they anticipated.

"We had predicted during our budget cycle last year that we would be through with that process in December. Well, we're still going through that process. Consequently we have expended much, much more money than we had budgeted," Strunk explained.

As it is, the average mileage on each sheriff's cruiser is more than 160,000, with some vehicles registering many more.

"300,000 miles is just way too much to have an emergency vehicle on the road operating in some of the conditions they operate in. It's not only unsafe for the officers, it's unsafe for the public," Sheriff Cross added.

The county says it will do what it can, including maintenance on the vehicles, to keep the cars safely on the road in the meantime.

"The sheriff will get his cars, it's just not going to be as quick as he likes," Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals said.

The sheriff's office isn't the only department denied something that was outlined in the budget.

The project to repair the roof over the administration office at the high school has also been put on hold.

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