The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office in Maine couldn’t fuel up its vehicles for more than two days after the county missed a bill payment. In December, the county’s longtime business manager resigned, leaving the department short-staffed and few others qualified to cover those tasks. When the county administrator went to pay the bills, he couldn’t find the account password, and the agency’s fuel cards were deactivated, reported the Sun Journal.
Sheriff Chris Wainwright told the Sun Journal that this was the first time the Sheriff’s Office had no access to fuel. As a temporary fix, he spoke to nearby city agencies and the state police, which lent their fuel cards to deputies in need. According to WGME, Wainwright also spent about $400 of his own money to keep vehicles fueled.
The county has contracted a local accounting firm to help get its finances in order.