Sheriff Cleared in Helicopter Purchase

The grand jury reported that Escambia Sheriff Ron McNesby was authorized to purchase the helicopter and dispose of the surplus vehicles.

The Bell OH-58 helicopter was purchased in 2001 from Calhoun County for $75,000 and 13 surplus vehicles.

This year an appraisal found the chopper was worth more than $187,000.

The Grand Jury called it a win-win situation for both counties. It was the third time this year that McNesby was investigated and cleared by a grand jury.