PARIS – The Oxford County Commissioners voted 3-0 on Tuesday morning to authorize the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office to spend up to $7,300 on office furniture for the department.

Sheriff Chris Wainwright said the department has about $11,000 in its drug forfeiture account, and he feels replacing the department’s office furniture would be a good use of the funds.

Chief Deputy James Urquhart said the furniture in the sheriff’s office, the chief deputy’s office and some of the department’s work stations are not ergonomically correct.

“Every piece of equipment over there has been piecemealed, pilfered and used up to the point where some chairs over there are 20 years old,” Urquhart said.

Urquhart said he wanted to buy a desk for his office and 10 chairs from the department at the Maine State Agency for Surplus Property in Augusta.

The chairs would be divided between Urquhart’s office, the conference room and some of the department’s work stations.

Urquhart said the total bill would be a “a little over $7,000.”

“This would remove all of the old furniture in the office and put in updated stuff,” Urquhart said.

He clarified that the furniture was not “high-end stuff.”

“It’s moderate,” Urquhart said, “and it meets our needs.” 

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