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Three Utah Counties Adopt Vehicle-Use Guidelines

September 7, 2004

SALT LAKE CITY — Misuse of county-owned vehicles and fleet credit cards in Salt Lake County has prompted three nearby counties to adopt new guidelines for employees, the Deseret Morning News reported.In Davis County, only the sheriff is allowed to drive a county-owned car, due to the radio and equipment it contains. Utah County will permit the sheriff’s patrol officers to take vehicles home at night, but all other county employees will only use issued vehicles during the workday.Weber County officials have decided to no longer purchase vehicles for non-sheriff’s office employees, opting to lease instead.Gary Laird, director of operations for Weber County, told the Deseret Morning News that he expects to recommend that the county buy fewer cars and return to reimbursing county employees for their mileage.To prevent credit card misuse, Weber and Utah counties require employees to log mileage reports each time a county gas card is used. The report must include the odometer reading entered at the gas pump for verification.According to the Deseret Morning News, high-ranking Salt Lake County employees used county cars for personal use, including vacations. In addition, the former county auditor purchased more than $10,000 in gas with a county credit card allegedly used in a private vehicle.

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