Watertown Police Department gets okay to purchase new armored car  (Audio)

January 16, 2024
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The Watertown Police Department has received the okay to purchase a new armored car.

The amount that was originally budgeted for the purchase was around $280,000.

The city council approved the purchase Tuesday night, even though the actual cost will be about $72,000 above that amount.

Police Captain Kirk Ellis explains why….

The city has cash for unrestricted uses, which will cover the cost overrun.

Police Chief Tim Toomey says the life expectancy of the new armored car will be 15 to 20 years, and will replace one that was donated to the police department by the Rochester Armored Car Company in 2014.

Tuesday night’s meeting was run by Deputy May0r Randy Tupper. Mayor Ried Holien and Councilmen Bruce Buhler and Lynn Jurrens were all absent.

Tupper began the meeting by asking for a moment of silence for former City Councilman George Heller and Jessica Fischer, the wife of Watertown police officer Ryan Fischer, who both passed away recently.