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Adams County Sheriff Rekeweg announced there have been some changes at the sheriff's department, most notably in the sheriff's vehicles area residents are used to seeing.
Rekeweg said that in an effort to save taxpayers money, as well as conforming to standards set by the Indiana Sheriff's' Association, sheriff's cars have been changed from the familiar two-tone brown to a plain white vehicle.
According to Chief Deputy Eric Meyer, the state mandates a two-tone paint scheme for sheriff's vehicles of any color. However, sheriff's departments may elect to use an all-white vehicle instead.
Meyer noted that vehicles do not come in the two-tone color scheme directly from the factory, meaning the department must pay approximately $3,500 more per vehicle to have them repainted to meet state guidelines.
Rekeweg stated that the four new Dodge Chargers were purchased through the State of Indiana Quantity Purchase Agreement at a cost of about $4,160 less per vehicle than was being offered by local vendors.
Overall, Rekeweg said the sheriff's department saved $18,160 by going with an allwhite vehicle and making the purchase from the state .
Another change Rekeweg noted was going to a class B uniform for everyday duties, as well as new uniforms for the jailers, switching from a black uniform to the familiar tan and brown color that deputies wear.
Rekeweg said the traditional, more formal class A uniform will still be worn for court appearances, funerals, and other activities as directed by the sheriff.
"The use of class B (uniforms) will save us money over time," said Rekeweg, "since the class B can handle the daily uses, unlike the class A (uniform) which needs more frequent replacement."
In addition to the changes at the sheriff's office, the Adams County Prosecutor's Office received a 2007 Dodge Charger that Rekeweg was going to use as a trade-in for the new vehicles.
Instead, Rekeweg traded in the prosecutor's 1998 Pontiac Bonneville, which has become increasingly expensive due to repair costs, saving the county approximately $22,000, the estimated cost of purchasing a new vehicle for the prosecutor's office.
Meyer noted that while the Charger, which has about 120,000 miles, is no longer cost-effective as a sheriff's car, it is "very reliable and in excellent condition, and will probably last the prosecutor's office several years."
Rekeweg said he anticipates the remaining new vehicles will be finished and in operation within two weeks.