Pulaski County Sheriff Jeff Richwine has been busy since taking office. He’s been before the county council straightening out budgeting issues, and he appeared before the commissioners last week where he answered questions about his department.
The commissioners brought up the idea of ridding the county of some of the acquired military vehicles.
“I’m not going to sit and wholesale vehicles,” stated Richwine. “If we have a specific need in the county – if the county highway department wants a truck, I’m more than willing to go on there and look for that and get them that truck. It’s the same way with volunteer fire departments. That all makes sense to me. We’ve already returned some tactical equipment.”
One piece of tactical equipment is of interest to Marion County. Sheriff Richwine said one MRAP vehicle may be of use to Pulaski County.
“If we keep having these snows, it has a heated area in the back that I think would be an excellent thing to pick up people if stranded. I think there’s some wisdom as far as looking at that. If it’s a use for us and something we an afford to do, then I think we should keep them.”
The sheriff, the commissioners and County Attorney Kevin Tankersley will explore their options and formulate a decision.