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Faribault Co. Sheriff’s Office buying 3 vehicles

BLUE EARTH — The Faribault County Sheriff’s Department will update its fleet a little sooner than planned.

Sheriff Michael Gormley and Chief Deputy Scott Adams on Tuesday brought a proposal to county commissioners to take advantage of a state concession on police vehicles ordered this year. The concession is $1,800.

The Sheriff’s Office had $98,500 budgeted for squad car purchases this year. In addition, others savings in the department have resulted in there being enough money to cover the purchase of three vehicles.

Purchasing the squad cars now means the next purchase of squad cars should take place in 2021, and the 2020 budget can be reduced accordingly.

Following discussion, the board approved the purchase of three vehicles. The vehicles being purchased are: a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado pickup from Hawkins Chevrolet in Fairmont, with a bid price of $18,425 after trade; a 2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUV from Fairmont Ford for a bid price of $34,385; and a Chevrolet Silverado pickup from Hawkins for a bid price of $40,925.

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