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Lexington County Examines Vehicle Fleet

November 17, 2003

The Lexington County, South Carolina, Council has called an unusual meeting on November 13, to debate how to best use its vehicle fleet, reported The State newspaper. Council members wanted to look into whether the county can save money by restricting employee use of the 359 cars and trucks it owns, most of which are used by the sheriff's department. Some employees, council members said, might be using county vehicles inappropriately. "It appears to me," said Councilman Billy Derrick, "that there may be some lax enforcement of the vehicle policy. We may have some workers using the vehicles to drop the kids off at school ... or even for personal chores. I don't know of any specific abuses." Derrick said county department heads would have to make a case for justified need or council might revoke employees' use of county vehicles.County Administrator Art Brooks said council also might be looking at how many "on-call" vehicles — trucks equipped to deal with after-hours emergencies which are driven home by employees each night.
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