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19 new sheriff’s cars approved for Lake County police force

Updated: August 26, 2013 2:10AM



CROWN POINT — Sheriff John Buncich finally received approval for the 2013 purchase of replacement vehicles for the Lake County Sheriff”s Police force. This has gone back and fourth like a tennis ball for months.

An original round of bidding encountered problems when it appeared that the request for proposals was geared toward one manufacturer of cars. The commissioners’ attorney, John Dull, worked with the sheriff to re-write the RFP.

That was done and new proposals were received. Last month the commissioners took the bids under advisement, delaying a purchase another month.

At the June 19 meeting, Buncich came with his recommendation to give the contract to Thomas Dodge of Highland, as low bidder. Here Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-2nd, wanted to defer action until a new study on any misuse of take-home cars could be completed.

Buncich bristled at that suggestion. “We have no abuse under my watch,” he said.

Scheub persisted: “We want to make sure that all officers (driving cars) have arresting authority.”

Finally, 12 2014 Dodge Charger patrol cars were purchased at $273,492; two 2014 Dodge Durango CSI vehicles were purchased for $50,994; and five Dodge Avengers for plain-clothes detectives were purchased for $89,985. This purchase came to a grand total of $405,471.



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