- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The birthplace of General Motors is giving Ford SUVs a spin as the city’s latest police vehicles.

The Flint Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1uZEPf7 ) Flint’s state-appointed emergency manager Darnell Earley last week singed a resolution to pay a Ford dealer more than $78,000 for two Ford Explorers.

City Council President Scott Kincaid says Flint typically has purchased Chevrolet Tahoes, which are GM products, as police SUVs. Like many police departments, Kincaid says Flint purchased Ford Crown Victorias for use as police cars in the past.

Kincaid says he would be happier if the city purchased additional GM vehicles, but understands if police “want to try them out.”

Detroit-based GM employed about 80,000 in the Flint area in the early 1970s. As of earlier this year, fewer than 8,000 GM jobs remained.


Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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