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Sheriff plans auction in West Virginia

March 04, 2001

Sheriff plans auction in West Virginia



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith will hold a spring cleaning auction in a few weeks.

Since he took over as sheriff Jan. 1, Smith and his employees have been collecting old items that are of no value to the department, preparing to auction them off.

"I don't know that it's ever been done before," Smith said.

He is working with other county department heads to compile their old, unused equipment.

"We can put it all in one place here (at the Sheriff's Office) and get rid of it at the same time," Smith said.

Among the items to be auctioned are worn-out old patrol cars that have been cannibalized for parts on newer vehicles, he said.

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"I'd say salvage companies would be interested in those," he said.

Old computers that don't work but that still may have parts that are useable would be among the items that might be auctioned. Office furniture and other equipment also could go, he said.

The department also has weapons that it no longer needs, but Smith said special rules apply to their disposal. He is researching how do that, he said.

Another benefit to Smith is that removing the equipment will provide him with badly needed space, he said. His office is overcrowded now and does not even have its full allotment of officers, he said.

County facilities director Walt Davis has said the Berkeley County Commission should spent $60,000 to move in a modular unit to accommodate the sheriff's employees. It could then be auctioned when and if a new judicial center is built, as county commissioners are considering.

Smith has not set a date for the auction, but said it will be in a few weeks.

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