Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the county was getting rid of 68 vehicles; the actual number is 38.
The county is taking dozens of vehicles off the road, putting 38 of them out to pasture, ranging from a 1988 Ford Econoline to four 2007 Crown Victorias.
The county generally gets rid of vehicles after they have reached 100,000 miles or are 8 years old. The average age of the current crop of “retired” cars is 8 years and 11 months, and the average mileage is 101,053 miles.
The oddment in the current lot is the ’88 Econoline. It has only 15,995 miles on it. General Services Director Janette Pell said the Sheriff’s Department bought the van for $4,000 in 1992, but she was not sure how it was used.
“Some vehicles are used for low-mileage applications such as surveillance,” she said. In addition, “departments are required by law to have vehicles as stand-by in many cases. This is typically in applications involving health, mental health, law enforcement and drug/alcohol treatment facilities and services.”
Most of the other cars fall within the 100,000 miles or 8-year guidelines. The county’s Fleet Services Department, which reports to Pell, has examined all of them and recommended that they be declared surplus.
The county will auction or sell the vehicles, where possible, and use the money for replacements.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the move.