Sheriff's Office To Purchase Three New Vehicles

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The Gila County Board of Supervisors approved the authorization of three new vehicles for the Gila County Sheriff's Office at a Tuesday meeting.

Supervisor Tommie Martin said the sheriff's department would most likely be purchasing three new vans in the next three weeks to use for transport of prisoners or courthouse documents between the jail and courthouse facilities in Globe and Payson.

The vans the sheriff's department currently uses are old and run-down, Martin said.

Money from the Criminal Justice Enhancement Fund will be used to purchase the vehicles.

The board also approved an agreement between the Gila County Health Department and the Arizona Department of Health Services, in excess of $110,000, to provide educational services for the county about the Proposition 201 Smoke-Free Arizona Act until June 30, 2008 -- one year after the smoking ban goes into effect.

Martin said that educating the county on new smoking restrictions, issuing citations and following through with punishments, according to the new act, are the responsibility of Gila County as included in the agreement.

The board also accepted the resignation of Gila County Treasurer Priscilla Knuckey-Ralls, effective April 27, and approved the appointment of Debra Savage as the new county treasurer.

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