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COFFEEVILLE – Two Ford Explorers added to the fleet at the sheriff’s department will be unmarked following a request from Sheriff Mark D. Fulco at Monday’s Board of Supervisor meeting. Fulco reported the two 2018 vehicles, which were purchased from an agency in Missouri last month, and a 2015 Dodge Ram will be the only unmarked vehicles at the department.
“I know they were slightly damaged, but they look great. They are really nice vehicles and we got good buys on them,” Board President Cayce Washington noted about the $37,000 purchase for the two low-mileage vehicles. The vehicles had minor front end damage that was repaired prior to the purchase.
Other sheriff’s department business discussed at the meeting included:
• Fulco reported his department will start repaying a $10,600 inter-department loan in February. The loan dates back to the previous administration when money was borrowed from the county’s general fund to make a vehicle payment. Fulco told supervisors he will repay $1,500 monthly from his lake patrol fund to retire the debt. The sheriff’s department receives approximately $54,000 annually from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to patrol recreational areas at Enid and Grenada lakes.
• Supervisors approved a request from Fulco to transfer a Jeep Cherokee to the Coffeeville Police Department. The sheriff explained his department no longer utilizes the drug seized vehicle.
“I want to do that because when I took office, I was in need of vehicles. Now they are in need of vehicles,” Fulco explained. He also reported that several area agencies including the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, Tate County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Department of Transportation donated surplus vehicles to the sheriff’s department in 2020.
• Fulco reported the sheriff’s department received three donations, two $1,000 grants from Walmart and $100 from Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association
Fulco said the donations will be earmarked for training and equipment.
“We are working on a training room and will start using it very soon,” the sheriff explained, adding that they will start with CPR classes for dispatchers.
Fulco also reported Ajinomoto Foods in Oakland will donate tables and chairs for the new training room.