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The Private Sector Is More Efficient…

A Pensacola News Journal editorial: Making dollars and sense

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deserves credit for leveraging its fleet service garage as an asset to help shore up its budget in lean times. Opening it up to other local governments makes good sense (as in dollars and cents).

Former Sheriff Ron McNesby set up the vehicle garage as a way to save money by doing in-house maintenance and repair. He built a well-equipped, full-service mechanics shop.

Now Sheriff David Morgan has capitalized on the operation by opening its doors to other local law enforcement agencies.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s garage charges $35/hour, while the private sector charges $85/hour. The Sheriff’s garage works on the Crown Vics and Impalas with the police packages, and the standard law enforcement additional equipment. They have the spare parts for this limited market in stock.

As I know a few mechanics, they aren’t making much more than $15/hour in this area, so you do the math. Another important consideration is that you don’t have to worry about someone smashing a $400 [or more] light bar into the ceiling when they put a patrol car on a lift.


1 oldwhitelady { 12.17.09 at 7:46 pm }

Wow! That’s pretty smart! With the lower rates, I’m sure all the nearby law enforcement vehicles make it over there for whatever needs to be done.
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2 Bryan { 12.17.09 at 8:51 pm }

Those rates are why I don’t take my Mother’s car to the dealer for service. I would use the Sheriff’s garage if I could.

3 Kryten42 { 12.18.09 at 12:08 am }

Sooo… Put some pretty blue and red flashing lights on top of your Mom’s car and drive it in. Simple! 😉 😆

Everyone *knows* Cop’s aren’t too bright. 😈

Ahem. I couldn’t resist! 🙄

4 Bryan { 12.18.09 at 12:36 am }

They aren’t going to accept a two-door Honda Civic as a patrol car, no matter how many lights I put on it.

5 hipparchia { 12.18.09 at 3:38 am }

put some drugs in it.

6 Bryan { 12.18.09 at 11:04 am }

My Mother’s in her 80s and has asthma – there are always drugs in the car.