City Manager Jane Howington recently traded in her city-issued vehicle for a "greener" model.
Howington, who took over the helm of the city's top administrative post from Edward F. Lavallee in January, had also assumed responsibility for her predecessor's black 2010 Ford Taurus.
After a few weeks driving the sedan, which had been outfitted for police use,
Howington found a more suitable use for the vehicle.
As it happens, she said the city had an identified need for a detective car in the capital budget.
"I didn't believe it was in the best interest of taxpayers dollars to purchase another police vehicle," Howington explained.
So, she turned the Taurus over to the police department, which then acquired a new red Toyota Prius for what Howington said was "significantly less" than the cost of a new police cruiser.
With the price of gas continuing its march upwards, Howington says that she's been quite pleased with her decision, and the message it sense.
"I wanted to set the example of sustainability and the greening of the community," she said.