Deputies pay for gas, save county money

April 11, 2011 1:37:22 PM PDT
It's no secret that skyrocketing gas prices have county leaders all over the state scrambling for creative ways to save money.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin has 70 vehicles in his department. The vehicles use a lot of gas patrolling 390 square miles in the county and many of the deputies take their patrol cars home.

Each member of his staff has volunteered to pay for a tank of gas each month to save the county money on fuel.

"There's a benefit for everyone to take the vehicle home regardless of where they live, and she made a motion that we all contribute in county and out," Peterkin said. "I'm actually going to be contributing myself, and I think we got almost 100 percent participation."

"We got to vote on it, and we all agreed to have $25 taken out of our paycheck every two weeks -- $50 a month -- in order to cover some of the cost in gas," Deputy Werner Dangelmaier explained.

Sergeant Corey Manning lives in Robeson County and takes his car home every day. He volunteered to put his $50 in the monthly gas pot for more than just saving the county money on fuel.

"By us giving back to the county, it can possibly cut down on our gas budget," Manning added. "And two, by us giving back to the county, it could possibly save someone else's job that's at risk in the county."

Peterkin estimates the donations will save his department 15-20 percent on the fuel portion of his sheriff's office budget.

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