Grant to provide funds for purchase of sheriff’s office rifles

Steve Nash steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Brown County Commissioners

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is buying eight AR-15 rifles thanks to an $8,071 grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation.

Brown County Commissioners approved the acceptance and transfer of grant funds Monday, and Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said there will be enough AR-15s for every patrol deputy and every CID detective to be assigned one. Previously, some deputies used their own rifles and the department also had some older rifles that are lesser firearms than the AR-15s, Grubbs said.

“This puts us in very good condition as far as long guns,” Grubbs said.j

The sheriff commended deputy Joe Thomas, who applied for the grant. “He did this on his own with my OK,” Grubbs said. “He put some good work into that. He did an excellent job.”

Also Monday, commissioners authorized sheriff’s officials to spend $3,129 in seized funds to buy “investigative equipment.” Grubbs declined to name the equipment, saying he doesn’t want criminals to know what the sheriff’s office is buying.

In other business, commissioners:

• Approved the lease of a new phone system for the Law Enforcement Center from subject to an interlocal agreement between the county and city.

Sharco Technologies of Pflugerville will provide the system, subject to the interlocal agreement, at a cost that will save the county more than $6,500 in its annual phone bill, according to a Sharco cost analysis. 

The current phone system, which has been in place since the LEC opened in 2000, has experienced difficulties that can’t be remedied because of its age, commissioners were told.

“It’s pretty urgent that we do something,” County Judge Ray West said, noting that it wasn’t necessary to seek bids because getting the new phone system falls “under the same rules as Buy Board.”

• Approved resolutions for the Federal Off System Bridge Program for county roads 334 and 291.

• Authorized Precinct 1 Commissioner Gary Worley to declare several pieces of equipment as surplus sell the items at public auction.

• Approved applications to install private lines on Burney Street and on County Road 152.