12 June 2019

[MB McCart] - More Concerns About the Sheriff's Spending (But Then I Repeat Myself)

This publication has recently found that for a six month period, from July 1 - December 31, 2018, that the county spent $128,931 on a multitude of repairs from Precision Auto (Covington, GA), with almost all invoices coming from either the Sheriff's Office & Jail Operations, despite the fact that Newton Co. has a vehicle repair shop that takes care of most of the county's vehicles.



Further research shows that approx $300,000 was spent at Precision Auto for fiscal year (FY)  2018 with almost all of those invoices being paid by the Sheriff's Office or Jail Operations. Again, the county has an automotive shop. 



Newton Co. Sheriff Ezell Brown
More recently, in the month of April 2019, it appears the county spent $24,684 with Precision Auto so based on the information on hand, it's looking as if the county will end up spending as much for FY 2019 as they did the previous year.

All of this begs the following question - why is not the Newton Co. Auto Shop handling most of this work? As one Newton political watcher mentioned - "If only the labor was saved it would amount to thousands of dollars each year."


Interesting...

By the way, the Sheriff paid approx $24,000 to William Thomas (Tommy) Craig in April of 2019 so it's looking like Craig will be making at least a few hundred thousand dollars this year, compliments of the Newton Co. taxpayers, once again.


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Wm Thomas "Tommy" Craig, Esq.


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MB McCart

12 comments:

  1. There might be a number of reasons why the Sheriff's Dept would use a private contractor for repairs: lower costs, quicker turnaround time, more dependable service, guarantees, etc. Has anyone on the BOC or media (besides TPC) asked if any of these are the explanations for the apparent waste of funds?

    This money could be used for the hiring of additional deputies to fill the shortage.

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  2. I'm all about nailing waste when I see it, but there could be an honest explanation to this one. In my experience, there are times when the city/county shop can't keep up with the demand or there is a job that is quicker to send out to a third party (think transmissions, engines, etc.). As someone who has driven a fire truck and police car, I can tell you that sometimes the backlog at the shop can be long and we are always overjoyed when we can use the local shop to get it done quicker. Sometimes it's more cost effective to send it out than hire the extra folks to keep up with the occasional extra demands.

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    1. So, the question is: what is the honest explanation?

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  3. If we are spending that kind of money and are not using the country shop then we need a RFP for service contract. When I worked for the state this was SOP

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  4. What is a RFP service contract? I suspect it would explain why the agency is using a private contractor rather than the in-house shop.

    My son owns a transmission shop. He has a number of local fleet customers. They do business with him on a regular basis because he does quality work and offers a quick turnaround time at a reasonable price. All of these elements might be in play here. But, we the taxpayers, need for someone to ask the right questions and someone in the Sheriff's Dept to give us the right explanations.

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  5. Fred basically it is putting it out for bid. When you spend more than $10,000 in a short time frame it needs to go out for a bid. A RFP would fix prices on parts and labor for at least a year

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    1. This brings up another aspect of this matter. There may be all kinds of explanations of why the Sheriff's Dept would want to use a private contractor for its repair work. But,why is it exclusively given to one business rather than let others compete for it?

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  6. Fred if they do not have a bidded contact they should not use the same vendor. $300,000.00 is a lot of money to spend at one vendor without fair bidding

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  7. Why is it that something that is so manifest to you and me is simply dismissed by those in charge?

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  8. Someone needs to pull his P-Card every month

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  9. "Someone"? Our BOC is made up of "hear, see and speak no evil" and others who are complicit in this malfeasance.

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