The city had 53 brand new Dodge Chargers sitting in a warehouse collecting dust waiting to be used as police vehicles. Craig says the department has Department of Justice grant funds to equip them, but action has yet to be taken.
“It’s bizarre, I know,” said Craig.
Furthermore, Craig said, the city continues to maintain lease agreements on patrol vehicles, some well over five years old.
Based on the cost of the leases, Craig said some of the vehicles could have been purchased outright “over and over again.”
“When I’ve asked the question, I’ve gotten different answers,” Craig said. “And some of these lease vehicles that we’re paying on have blown engines, so they’re not even operational.