Memo outlines Monroe County’s reasoning for scrapping inoperable Sheriff’s Office vehicles

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – APRIL 21: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office vehicles are scrapped on April 21, 2022, in Bloomington, Indiana. The inoperable vehicles were sent to a scrapyard after being deemed inoperable, too expensive to repair, and not worth enough to be sold for parts. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Photos recently posted to social media showed several vehicles marked, “Sheriff,” piled up at a local scrapyard in Bloomington, Indiana. Bloomingtonian readers reached out to ask why the county may have sent the cars to the scrapyard. The Bloomingtonian went to take a look and found several cars about to be recycled.

Today the following memo was provided to the media to explain Monroe County’s reasoning. According to the memo the vehicles, which were inoperable for various reasons, and not cost-effective to repair, were deemed to be worth less than 1000-dollars per vehicle for parts, and sent to the scrapyard following state law:

The memo begins here:




INFORMATION18 April 2022
TO:Angie Purdie, Commissioned s Executive
FROM:Greg Crohn, Facilities & Fleet Manager
SUBJECT:Disposal of Retired Sheriffs Vehicles


A total of eleven (11) Sheriffs vehicles have been declared as surplus since April of 2021. One vehicle (2008 Ford Explorer) has been signed over to the Town of Stinesville for use by their Town Marshall. A second (2006 Chevrolet Trail Blazer), is intended to go to the ILEA (Indiana Law Enforcement Academy for Driver Training), per Sheriffs Swain’s request for a donation to the organization.

The remaining nine (9) vehicles in the surplus, all early police model Dodge Chargers, were completely inoperable vehicles. Drive train, engine, ECM (Electrical Control Module) and other electrical issues rendered them beyond cost effective to repair.

Due to the inoperable condition, and additionally, the number of roof penetrations for the older iterations of up-fit equipment, these vehicles were not acceptable for trade-in to John Jones Auto Group, whom currently provides our new police rated vehicles.

State Law dictates that all up-fit equipment, to include decals and badging, must be removed prior to listing on public sale. Due to the volume of work involved to completely remove all items not available for public market, quotes obtained to “down-fit” ranged from $600-$750 per unit. Their inoperable condition deemed that any auction listing would be “AS PARTS ONLY”. Based on current market trends, resale value as “parts”, was anticipated to be $1000 per unit or less.

Based on the salvage quote of $500 per unit the County will receive, it was determined that crushing the vehicles for scrap was the cost effective solution and to forgo any additional costs, other than towing of the vehicles (a total cost of $600.00), to the tax payer.

On Monday April the 18th, the vehicles were towed by Ricks Towing to JB Salvage. They will be crushed tod , Thursday A ‘1 21st

  Gregory S. Crohn                                                                     21 APRIL 2022″

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