Ellis County Commissioners approved the transfer of five surplus sheriff’s office patrol vehicles to the Mexia Police Department on Tuesday. The vehicles will serve in a backup role in Mexia.

Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Chris Hamilton stated the exchange of vehicles would aid the county and fill a need at the Mexia Police Department.

“They are in desperate need of backup vehicles. The vehicles as we discussed last year have become a huge maintenance (issue) running in the rural setting,” Hamilton said. "In a municipality setting with 10 square miles, it will be a great tool for him.”

In exchange for the two 2010 and three 2012 Dodge Chargers the county will receive a 2014 Ford Fusion. Investigators with County and District Attorney's Office, who recently had a vehicle go down, will utilize the Fusion. The Fusion has only 11,720 miles recorded, and the Mexia Police does not have a use for it.

Hamilton stated the exchange would be a cost saving to both organizations.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the request.

Mexia Police Chief Brian Bell thanked the commissioners for their assistance.