Sheriff's Office Brings New Meaning to Getting 'Something for Nothing'

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

In 2005, Grady County jail administrator Tim Gainous was looking for ways to help the county stock up on all the things it needed -- without going broke.

He says he started with grants, but found they shrank with the bad economy.

Says Gainous, "A lot of the grant money kind of went away. I started looking at other options."

The 'other option' Gainous stumbled on was the '1033 Surplus Program,' sponsored by the U.S. military through its law enforcement support operations.

It allows law enforcement agencies to take their pick of items the military no longer needs -- for free.

Says Gainous, "If the military's through with it, then we're the first people who get to look at it and decide if we can use it or not."

All that's required is the gas money to pick up the goodies.

Gainous says surplus items like trucks and emergency generators have saved the county more than $200,000 since they were received in 2009.

EMA director Jim Ellis says the county 'scored big' with four
back-up power generators.

Says Ellis, "They've helped us tremendously, not only here at our emergency shelter, but also our EMS."

Gainous says he's happy to troll the treasure trove if it means saving the county money; and it does -- on average, between $200,000 and $400,000 annually.


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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jun 10, 2011 at 03:10 AM
    Depends on what it is, Anonymous. There are thousands of items the Feds buy like hand tools that won't need work done on them. They are either usable or not. And the amount of work that goes into making equipment functional depends on how well the selection of equipment is made. Sort of like buying a used car. Much military surplus equipment has been used little and has just minor problems, while some is well worn. Some is disposed of because of age, rather than wear, and other because it is just no longer used. By applying common sense to such acquisitions a lot of useful items can be acquired at little cost to the County.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Nothing is free. The first thing you will have to is start working and spending money on it.
  • by Will Location: South GA on Jun 8, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    It ain't really FREE....Your Federal Tax dollars bought it the first time...just saying
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jun 8, 2011 at 04:03 AM
    A tip of the hat to Mr. Gainous for his dedication to the people of Grady County and his work on our behalf. I appreciate the efforts of any person to reduce the spending of taxpayer money needlessly. whether a public employee or private citizen.
  • by judy on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    now mr campbell if you didn't know about this get with it. save the leon some money.
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