News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, June 20, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Sheriff Richard Roundtree is sounding off against critics about his decision to put his name on the new patrol cars in Richmond County.
Roundtree posted a picture of one of the new patrol cars on his Facebook page and wrote: "Since the MEDIA has made such a big deal about my name appearing on the new Patrol cars, I thought I would let you all see it for yourselves."
News 12 found out adding the logo costs less than $10 per car and that the sheriff has the power to choose the cars and help design the logos.
The old logo has a sheriff's badge and reads Richmond County Sheriff's Office. The new logo is a circle around a badge, with Roundtree's name inside the circle.
The Sheriff's Office has been using the new logo for six months. All letterheads, documents, business cards and anything else from the Sheriff's Office has this new logo with his name on it, too.
The old patrol cars with high mileage and maintenance issues have been getting phased out. A few months back, commissioners approved buying 26 Dodge Chargers that cost more than $800,000.
Commissioner Marion Williams says Roundtree has the authority to do it, no matter the cost.
"The sheriff has absolute power. The other sheriff had the power to do it, and so does Roundtree. I don't know if I would, but he has that right. People might not like it, but he has the power to do it," Williams said.