Dispute in Bidding for New UPD Vehicles

When the Ukiah City Coun­cil approved the pur­chase of three new police vehi­cles last month, Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey said he only received bids from deal­er­ships in Hum­boldt and Napa coun­ties, and that Ukiah Ford elected not to bid. How­ever, Ukiah Ford Pres­i­dent Hux­ley Richard­son sent a let­ter to both Dewey and City Clerk Kris­tine Lawler last week claim­ing that his busi­ness did want to pro­vide the UPD’s new cars, and says a bid was per­son­ally deliv­ered well before the dead­line. Dewey con­firmed with the Ukaih Daily Jour­nal that he was only given two bids, adding that he would be inves­ti­gat­ing the matter.