The Brown County Sheriff’s Office will add three new Ford Explorers to the two it already has in its fleet.
    Commissioners court members approved the purchase Monday of three Explorers for a total cost of $108,215 through Caldwell Country Ford. The cost includes outfitting the vehicles for law enforcement use.
    Chief Deputy Vance Hill said the dealership is a member of the BuyBoard purchasing cooperative.
    Hill said the two Explorers the sheriff’s office bought last year have worked out well.
Sheriff’s officials had been prepared then to buy more Chevrolet Tahoes, but decided to try the Explorers, which are slightly smaller and less expensive.
    Even though the Explorers are slightly smaller, they actually have more back-seat space for transporting arrestees, Hill said.
    In other business Monday, commissioners:
    • Agreed to obtain and appraisal on the now-vacant property on Houston Street that once housed the sheriff’s office and jail, and to attempt to sell the property on govdeals.com.
    • Agreed to set a pauper burial policy. If a deceased person is homeless or has no family to claim the body, the county will pay $650 for cremation or $850 for burial.