Powder Springs will buy three, instead of four, new police vehicles for about the same cost but with an earlier delivery time of weeks instead of late 2020. (Courtesy of Powder Springs)

Powder Springs Police to receive vehicles sooner

The Powder Springs City Council voted on Nov. 18 to buy new police vehicles from another vendor for $102,000 for three cars instead of $99,007 for four cars.

The reason is the city’s public safety officials learned the vehicles from the first vendor will not be available until late 2020.

Earlier in November, the council approved the purchase of four new 2020 Dodge Chargers for $99,007 from Akins Ford Dodge Jeep Government Sales under a state contract.

Since that purchase had been approved, Powder Springs Police Chief Tony Bailey said he had been notified that the vehicles’ manufacturer was experiencing issues filling orders.

Bailey said a cutoff date to order vehicles had been moved up due to manufacturers not anticipating the filling of any orders - made a month earlier - until the third quarter of 2020.

Instead the city will purchase three Ford Explorers from Allen Vigil Ford for no more than $102,000 as approved by the council.

Bailey said the ordered vehicles already have been built and are expected to be delivered in the coming weeks.

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