The Explorer will “absolutely” improve his ability to perform his duties, said Dolle.
It has five more inches of ground clearance than his current “high-maintenance” 2009 Dodge Charger patrol car, thus allowing him greater access to illegal dumps in wooded areas, he said.
In addition, the Explorer has all-wheel drive to avoid getting stuck, Dolle noted.
The grant, for which the constable applied, comes from the Governor’s Office through the Kilgore-based East Texas Council of Governments, he said. It will provide a “full rigged-out (sport utility) vehicle that is street ready,” including a computer with print cartridges, and he will transfer his radar unit to the Explorer from his current vehicle, Dolle said.
Dolle said he should receive the vehicle about Oct. 1 from a Nederland auto dealer who was awarded the state bid on providing it. The constable said his current vehicle will become a spare car for the county’s four constables.
The county pays nothing toward the new vehicle’s cost, and will be reimbursed for its purchase, said Dolle, who has been Pct. 1 constable since Jan. 1. Elected in 2012, he has won public praise from several precinct residents for his full-time work.
The precinct includes southeast Gilmer, south Diana, Glenwood Acres, East Mountain and Union Grove.
Dolle highly praised Angela Norton, a former ETCOG employee and onetime Upshur County Assistant District Attorney, for helping him apply to the Kilgore-based agency for the grant. He also noted he had to take a class to qualify to apply.