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Marion County Sheriff to Consult State's Attorney Over New Squad Cars

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Marion County Sheriff Jerry DeVore plans to consult with State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach Wednesday on how to proceed with the purchase of two new squad cars.  The county board Tuesday night split on a 7-7 vote to allow the sheriff to proceed with the purchase of the Tahoes from Boulder Chevrolet in Salem.  

Several of those voting 'no' felt the vehicles should have been put out for bid.  The sheriff had obtained the state bid and then a quote from Boulder that came within $441 per vehicle of the state price that the Law Enforcement Committee recommended.  Board member Terry Johnston first raised the issue.   He also felt bids should be sought for more than just the Tahoe.  It's unclear what will happen next.  

Law Enforcement Committee Chair Greg Smith told fellow board members Tuesday night since the money is in the sheriff's budget for the vehicles, he thought DeVore could proceed with the purchase.  DeVore wants the state's attorney to tell him what he can legally do.  

The board reappointed three members to the 911 Emergency Telephone Board.  They are Leon Duis, John Gaston, and Andy Garden.   

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