The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of 16 new vehicles for a pair of county agencies at its most recent meeting.

During the meeting, the board approved obtaining 13 2021 Dodge Charger Police vehicles from Shottenkirk Dodge and one 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Pursuit from Hardy Chevrolet for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. The total cost of these 14 vehicles, along with all of the necessary equipment and exterior graphics, came to $557,043. County Manager Jerry Cooper said this purchase would be made using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money.

“The Tahoe will have a kennel installed in the back and will be assigned to our K-9 Unit. Eight of the Chargers will be assigned to our Traffic Enforcement Unit and five will be utilized by our Jail Transport Unit. The Dodge Chargers are the least expensive police vehicles, but still provide the high performance needed in law enforcement. Often, the K-9 deputies have to go off-road to search for missing people, and the Tahoe is an excellent vehicle in those type situations,” Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said. “We appreciate the continued support from tax payers and the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.”

In addition to the new vehicles for the sheriff’s office, the board approved the purchase of a 2020 Ford Expedition XLT MAX from Krause Family Ford and a 2020 Ford Transit 150 MR Cargo from Wade Ford to be used by the county elections office, with a total cost of $84,956. Cooper explained grant money the elections office recently received would be used to purchase the two vehicles. Elections office officials said the Transit would be used to haul election equipment, while the Expedition would be available to transport office employees as needed.

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