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Mason County Board OKs new vehicles for sheriff’s office

February 14, 2019

The Mason County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the purchase of four new vehicles for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a new jail service agreement, as recommended by Sheriff Kim Cole.

The sheriff’s office can now purchase three Dodge Chargers at a cost of $105,814.80 using the county’s equipment replacement fund. The cost per Charger is $25,076, but an additional $8,516 per vehicle is estimated to be necessary to fit each car for duty.

The board also approved the purchase of a fourth vehicle, which is for the jail administration, with the funds coming from the equipment replacement fund. The office would like to purchase a new or used 2018 Ford Edge for $34,491 to be used by Sheriff Kim Cole.

The new vehicles will replace aging vehicles at the sheriff’s office.

The commissioners also approved a five-year agreement with Stellar Services to provide the jail’s inmate banking and commissary services.

Some of the features of the agreement with Stellar Services include that the company will allow the sheriff’s office to set prices on items, control what items are sold, and it offers lobby kiosks to allow the public to deposit money or post bonds for those in jail, according to Cole.

ATTORNEY MAGISTRATE

The county commission approved the establishment of an attorney magistrate position with a salary of $80,000 on the recommendation of Chief Judge Jeff Nellis and District Court Judge Peter Wadel. Both Wadel and Magistrate Patty Baker are retiring this year.

The attorney magistrate position would replace the current magistrate position, and it would include legal duties that can only be performed by an attorney.

To read the full story, check out the print or E-edition of Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News.