The Pulaski County Council last night approved a transfer to the sheriff’s department of more than $20,000 to allow for the purchase of an 11-passenger van. Sheriff Mike Gayer said the van will be used to transport the 15 work release inmates to and from the job site because most of them, he said, are indigent and do not have vehicles.
Gayer said the van would provide the benefit of ensuring work release participants arrive at the job site and it would also help to prevent them from smuggling drugs into the jail. On top of that, he said the sheriff’s department would charge the inmates $15 per week for fuel, generating income, and it would take the pressure off of the private transport van.
The council approved Gayer’s request, transferring $23,526.03 to be used to purchase the 11-passenger van.