Despite the reservations of two members, the Barrow County Board of Commissioners will begin using Akins Ford for vehicle maintenance and management.
In a 4-2 vote, the BOC approved the measure during its Tuesday meeting. Commissioner members Roger Wehunt and Isaiah Berry were opposed.
Those in favor of the move said proper records were not being kept on the county vehicles. It was also noted no additional work other than maintenance would be performed without approval from department heads.
“We are getting away from something we have control over,” Wehunt said.
Added Berry: “I have never been for outsourcing. I am still not. It has nothing to do with Mr. Akin.”
Wehunt asked interim county manager Jimmy Terrell if he talked to other counties about whether they handled fleet maintenance in this matter. Terrell said he did not.
Akin told the BOC that his company does this serve for other government agencies but declined to name them.
Chairman Pat Graham and BOC members Kenny Shook, Joe Goodman and Ben Hendrix each voted in favor of using Akins for the service.