The morning after ballots were counted, Jeff Richards appeared before the Franklin County Board of Commissioners Wednesday to request technology upgrades he said are more practical for his deputies and will save the county money.
The sheriff’s office currently uses laptops in the field for mobile dispatch operations, but has been exploring tablet technology to replace a laptop that already is scheduled to be switched out, according to county documents. The tablet and equipment can be purchased for less than the replacement cost of a laptop.
Richards, who easily won his first election Tuesday after being appointed sheriff in spring 2013, told the board of commissioners the tablets would be more cost effective and reliable to use in the line of duty.
“To keep up with technology and personal convenience, one of the things we would like to do is to look to going to a tablet,” he said. “Part of that is because we can get a tablet for the third of a the cost of a laptop and they are much more versatile. We have seen them in use at other agencies. There is a lot more uses for them than there are for a laptop.”
The board of commissioners approved the change, giving Richards his second victory of the week. The sheriff heads into the general election without opposition on the November ballot.