Wichita County leaders say Jody Wade Enterprises will continue providing services for the county, this after the city chose to take its contract down the road to another company.
Unlike how the city signs towing and impound services under contracts, county officials say they can have verbal agreements with companies that do impound services.
While that doesn’t apply to every county in the state, it does apply to smaller counties like Wichita County.
“With the sheriff’s department, it’s like any other contract or tow that we do. We treat them with the upmost importance and we take care of the customer as they need.”
Big Daddy’s general manager Tim Berardi says 20 percent of the services they currently provide are for the city. However, most of their business comes through the county and private insurance claims. Sheriff David Duke says they’re satisfied having Jody Wade Enterprises as their sole provider.
“The county’s always had one and it’s just so much easier to us to maintain just one because we’re not required to have several that do it. and with the agreement we have with JWE, it’s just a verbal agreement. There is no written contract,” Duke said.
According to Texas Occupation Code 2308.209B, a state Sheriff’s Office can maintain a list of towing companies on a rotation schedule. In a city with a population of more than 450,000 people. According to the recent census, the Wichita County population exceeds 131,000 people.
“We found it it was better and economical for the county to allow him to store those vehicles on a place that he owns, that’s insured, that’s kept under lock and key behind gates and doors and had people there all the time,” Duke said.
Sheriff Duke says at one time the county did do business with a smaller company in the area but then they went back to Jody Wade’s services because the other company could not handle the magnitude of the county’s needs.