Sheriff wants to purchase patrol cars with "found money"

Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman is hoping the county commissioners will allow him to use over $100,000 of "found money" for the purchase of two new patrol cars and to bolster his tight budget.

Overman told the board Monday $73,000 of the extra funds is excess money an employee told him earlier this month has persistently been in the "fees account" for the past 10 years. Another $45,000 is the insurance money he didn't use to fix older cars that had hail damage.

Overman says the board made severe cuts in his budget last summer and told him if he could find additional money, he could use it to buy the cars. Overman says $60,000 would purchase and equip the two cars, and allow deputies currently using vehicles with over 100,000 miles to be adequately equipped for emergency calls.

Overman said despite the fact he is having difficulty staying within his budget, he gave the $73,000 of excess fee money back to the county treasurer to be placed in the general fund for now. Overman says the employee who told him about the fee account money claims his predecessor Jim Lawson refused to give it back to the treasurer because he said he had his own uses for it.

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