Bolivar sheriff saves money on purchase of new vehicles
by Paisley Boston
Sep 17, 2013 | 2002 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sheriff Kelvin Williams Sr. saved Bolivar County over $77,000, by purchasing five vehicles at a discounted price.
Sheriff Kelvin Williams Sr. saved Bolivar County over $77,000, by purchasing five vehicles at a discounted price.
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The Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department knows a good deal when it sees it.

The department recently purchased five vehicles from the Missouri Highway Patrol in Jefferson, Mo., and saved the county over $77,000.

After 54,000-55,000 miles the Missouri Highway Patrol removes patrol vehicles from the road and allows other agencies to purchase them at a discounted price.

According to Williams, he believed the low price of the vehicles was a win-win situation for the Bolivar County Sheriff Department and Bolivar County.

"Sheriff Williams brought the idea to us and he was successful in retrieving the cars. "We really appreciate all of the hard work and persistence that he put into finding new vehicles," said Supervisor James McBride.

According to Williams, Sheriff Bill Rasco of DeSoto County alerted him about the vehicles.

"He informed me that he has been purchasing cars from the Missouri Highway Patrol and that the vehicles were in great shape," added Williams.

"In our proposed budget for this year we asked for $162,300 for new vehicles. This amount included money for the uplift package, which includes light bars and cages; it also included the decals for all vehicles. However by purchasing these vehicles for approximately $85,250, with most of the light bars and some with push bumpers, the county was able to save over $77,000, " said Williams.

Sheriff Williams plans to devote some of the money that he saved the county towards the improvement of the sheriff department's investigative team.

"All of the recent crimes have been very disturbing to me. As the sheriff, I plan to be more aggressive in preventing and solving crimes. I truly feel that a stronger investigative team will aid the citizens of Bolivar County. My first priority is to ensure the safety of the citizens," added Williams.