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City council approves police car purchases, new officer

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Richmond Police Department will soon have a few new rides and a new face in its department.

Richmond City Council Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of a Ford Interceptor sedan and SUV, both 2014 models, from Swafford’s Ford. The vehicles, totaling $56,620, replace two 2006 Ford Crown Victoria “black and whites,” both with more than 150,000 miles. City Administrator Ron Brohammer said the aging patrol cars have cost the city $17,373 in repairs in recent years. Swafford’s was the only auto dealership to bid, according to the city administrator.

The council gave the green light to the purchase before a Sept. 30 deadline by Ford to receive $12,249 in discounts for both vehicles.

Police Chief Chad Burnine said $9,000 has been set aside in the 2014 budget to configure the vehicles with police equipment; however, he believes that cost will be less. He also said the new vehicles will be of a solid color to help with resale later.

The council also approved Mayor Mike Wright’s recommendation to hire Daryn Weiss as a city police officer, filling a vacancy that now brings the department to full staff – at least for a week.  Burnine said another officer on the force will leave Oct. 5 for a position in Liberty. Weiss joins officer Matthew Marcotte, who was approved by council at the Sept. 10 meeting.

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