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Aldermen approve purchase of used patrol vehicle for police department

In a two to one vote the Poplarville Board of Aldermen approved purchasing a $14,995 used police vehicle for the Poplarville Police Department during a special called meeting Monday.

Board members Anne Smith and Russell Miller voted for the purchase while Alderwoman Shirley Wiltshire voted against.

Wiltshire said she wanted to see the purchase order and photos of the vehicle because she had been given no information about it. City Clerk Jane O’Neal said that information would be sent to Wiltshire right away.

Miller said purchasing a police vehicle in the current year may help keep spending down in next year’s budget. Police Chief Danny Collier had requested the city purchase two new police vehicles in the coming fiscal year, but in budget discussions Board members were leaning toward only purchasing one new vehicle, according to previous coverage.

The used vehicle is a 2014 Ford Explorer with 89,905 miles on it and comes with the necessary police equipment, Mayor Rossie Creel told the Board. The car dealership is based in Florida.

The police chief found two comparison police vehicles listed online for $16,425 and $14,000, said Creel. Neither of those vehicles came with the police equipment and both had 100,000 miles, he said.

Prior to the purchase, the police department had nine vehicles after its newest patrol car was totaled earlier this year during a pursuit, according to previous coverage. The majority of the department’s vehicles were made in the mid-2000s.