Truck Purchase Questioned

Justices Of The Peace Concerned Procedures Not Followed

Posted: December 12, 2012 at 5 a.m.

Benton County’s justices of the peace raised questions Tuesday about the purchase of a truck by the Sheriff’s Office.

At A Glance

Other Business

The Benton County Quorum Court’s Committee of 13 forwarded these items on to the full Quorum Court for consideration at its Dec. 20 meeting:

• A resolution declaring a vacancy in the office of Justice of the Peace, District 2, due to the resignation of Justice of the Peace Frank Winscott.

• An ordinance appropriating $15,000 to pay for postage used by the Benton County Clerk’s Office.

• An ordinance appropriating $23,177 for payroll for the Benton County Coroner’s Office.

• An ordinance establishing Benton County’s annual operating budget for 2013.

• An ordinance transferring $5,117 from machinery and equipment to small equipment in Benton County Circuit Court, Division 5, to purchase a new copier.

• An ordinance transferring $500,000 from the General Fund to the Road Fund to account for transfers approved through out the year.

• An ordinance to transfer $182,000 to purchase a new financial management system for the Accounting/Human Resources Department and Benton County Treasurer’s Office.

Source: Staff Report

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I wonder which car dealership the truck came from? I have a feeling this is not the first time the Sheriff has allegedly violated state law when purchasing vehicles? Rep. Allen is correct if state law was violated then why would the Quorum Court want to approve something that is a violation of law? If a law was violated by the Sheriff and the court comes in behind him to clean up his mess, is the court violating any laws? Is this truck insured by the county if the county does not own it? Is Sheriff-elect Cradduck putting himself in a potential civil liability if he is involved in an accident and the county does not own the vehicle? Did the Sheriff place in the vehicle the proper paper work such as proof of insurance and the vehicle registration card in the vehicle? I was under the understanding the county judge was in charge of county property. Has he approved this?

Posted by: MANofFEWwords

December 12, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arrogant law enforcement officers thinking they are not under the same laws they took an oath to enforce.

Posted by: JailBird

December 12, 2012 at 8:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )