Former Sheriff leaves behind big upgrades for deputies

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -  He might have retired from office Friday, but longtime former Sheriff Ronnie May left the Colbert County department with some huge upgrades.

“It’s just like my father always said, you try to leave a place better than when you started,” said May.

Over the last five years, they were able to save money from office funds for some huge projects. They were all completed before May left office after four terms as Sheriff.

The first was a computer purchase. "We were able to get 35 laptops for the patrol cars that have aircards built into them," May explained. "We have enough money saved to pay for airtime for the cards for up to a year."

Another big project was a vehicle purchase. May said lack of cars has been an ongoing issue for years. So, he took another route.

"We went on the state contract list and we bought ten Chevrolet Tahoes," he said. "Those police packages are paid for. There's also enough money set aside for the graphics to outfit those vehicles, without dipping into our budget."

May said it's one of the first times almost every deputy will have a unit. The department covered those purchases with the same money saved for the laptops.

"We didn't save to a point where it hurt the Sheriff's office, but we were able to save some money that I'm really proud of."

Those ten Tahoes and 35 computers should be ready to go in the next few weeks.