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Opinion

August 23, 2013

Deputies shouldn't use vehicles off-duty

With an average yearly salary of between $73,000 to $112,000 plus overtime and plus benefits, I still don’t see why the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department is allowed to use patrol cars to commute back and forth to work at the taxpayers’ expense.

I have seen a sheriff’s deputy use his patrol car for personal reasons to pick up his 10-year-old son from the Clark Gym, not only at the taxpayers’ expense, but placing the county at high risk to a lawsuit in the event that they should get into an automobile accident. The sheriff responded that it’s a “personnel matter” and would not release any other information. We all know that an answer like that means it’s a cover-up excuse for a practice that has been going on for some time. If you’ve seen one sheriff’s deputy do this, how many others are using their patrol vehicles for personal use as well? 

I have spoken to many people who feel the same way I do. I urge you to write to our state senator, local and state government officials asking them to put a stop to this practice of allowing sheriff’s deputies to use their vehicles to commute back and forth to work at taxpayers’ expense. 

Michael J. Stavola

Cooperstown

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