Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak says refurbished patrol units are a bad idea.
According to the Brenham Banner Press, Washington County commissioners discussed the idea with the Sheriff, Tuesday afternoon at a budget workshop, and the sheriff was not receptive to the plan.
Commissioners discussed purchasing refurbished vehicles instead of buying new ones for the department, which would be substantially cheaper than buying new vehicles.
Hanak, told commissioners that it was “a bad idea” and would not save the county any money.
Hanak said if it “was a good idea, every department in the country would be doing it.” He went on to say he couldn’t think of a single department that’s doing it.
“If this was such a great idea, this would have been discussed at sheriff’s conferences for the past 20 years. This is not a good idea.”
County Judge John Brieden said, a vehicle could be refurbished with a new motor, transmission and other items, at a fraction of the cost of buying a new one.
Hanak and Chief Deputy Jay Petrash, however, said the sheriff’s office uses patrol vehicles around the clock tries to extend the usable life of its vehicles as long as possible, with most having more than 200,000 miles.
Brieden said commissioners have made the same inquiry about refurbished vehicles to other county departments, as well.