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Pott. County sheriff gets funding for 11 new vehicles

Elisabeth Slay

Pottawatomie County Commissioners approved the purchase of 11 new vehicles for the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office during a regular meeting Monday.

According to District 2 County County Commissioner Randy Thomas, the total cost for all the vehicles was $406,182 and the commissioners agreed to pay half of that amount, while the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office will pay the other half back to the Commissioners in four yearly installments.

According to Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth, the new vehicles are being purchased from Joe Cooper Dodge in Shawnee and they will replace the Sheriff's Office's 2013 Ford pickups.

Booth said the commissioners purchased eight new pickups, a new transport vehicle, a new vehicle for Undersheriff Travis Palmer as well as a K-9 vehicle for Deputy Jared Strand and K-9 Onyx.

The sheriff said he's grateful to the commissioners for their decision because the vehicles will not only benefit the Sheriff's Office, but also the community as it will help deputies better protect and serve the county.

Booth explained it will take a while to get the new vehicles but he's looking forward to it and in the meantime the Sheriff's Office will continue to utilize their current pickups until the new vehicles are available.

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