New van delivered for sheriff’s office
by Jennifer Cohron
Mar 11, 2014 | 834 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Representatives of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office received the keys to a 2014 Ford Econoline on Monday.

The 15-passenger van, which will be used to transport prisoners, is the final piece of the Walker County Commission’s recent investment in vehicles for the sheriff’s department.

Two 2014 Chevrolet Tahoes were added to the patrol fleet in January.

“It was a little over $60,000 for all three vehicles,” Commission chairman Billy Luster said.

Luster said the funds used for the purchases have been the subject of litigation for several years and were recently released.

Sheriff John Mark Tirey expressed concerns about the state of his department’s fleet in last year’s budget discussions.

In September, the county had two vans assigned to the jail — a 1999 Ford with 245,000 miles and a 2001 Dodge with 137,000 miles.

Correctional officers have been stranded on at least two occasions in recent months while transporting prisoners, once in a snowstorm and another time due to mechanical failure.

The 1999 Ford van is currently out of operation.