Sylva might provide police officers take-home cars that they can drive to and from work and gas up for free.
The perk would help attract and retain officers, Police Chief Davis Woodard told board members during a Feb. 20 work session on the 2014-15 budget.
“It’s one of the first questions people ask when we interview them for a job. On the exit interview, when somebody leaves, they say, ‘We didn’t have take-home cars,’” Woodard said.
The Sheriff’s Office provides individual cars to its deputies. So does the town of Franklin; officers there pay $15 a month to help cover the cost of gas for taking cars home. Bryson City provides its police chief a take-home car.