Brown County Commissioners approved the purchase of four patrol vehicles for the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s Capt. Ellis Johnson, who presented the information about the vehicles at Monday’s court meeting, said by purchasing off the state contract through Dodge City at McKinney, the sheriff’s office could procure four Dodge Charger police vehicles for $20,995 per vehicle, for a total of $83,980, $20 below the total of $84,000 budgeted for vehicle purchases this fiscal year.

However, the state contract terms were only good through the end of October, Johnson said, which would give the office only 10 days to place the order.

Johnson said the bid from Stanley Dodge, the local Dodge dealership, had been $4,622.14 higher per vehicle, and to purchase the same four cars locally would exceed the budgeted amount, coming to a total of $102,468.56.

The purchase of Dodge Chargers is a “make” change for local law enforcement, following a trend throughout the state. Previously, most law enforcement patrol vehicles were Ford Crown Victorias, but Johnson said most agencies were going with the Dodge Chargers.

Also on Monday, commissioners approved the purchase of two computers. The first computer is for the Criminal Investigation Department of the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Aaron said though some money had been budgeted through the county for the new computer, there was a need for higher graphic capacity and greater memory, so he was requesting the $1,993 for the computer come from seized funds.

The second request was for a laptop computer and vehicle mounting system for the county’s emergency management department. Brent Bush said the Dell laptop with necessary mapping software and sufficient memory could be purchased for $1,481, which commissioners approved, along with a vehicle mounting system for the laptop, for an additional $209.95.