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Berry 'Sets the Tone' With Used Wheels

By Dan McKay
Journal Staff Writer
       One of the perks of running City Hall is the car. Every mayor gets one for on-the-job driving.
    So when Richard Berry won election this fall, he got a call from the city administration: "What kind of new vehicle should we order for you?"
    Berry's response: Whatever you do, don't spend money on a new car.
    Instead, Berry wanted a used vehicle out of the city's fleet.
    "These things don't get you $50 million" in savings, Berry told the Journal recently. "What they do is set the tone."
    The mayor ended up in a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe LS. It has about 41,000 miles.
    A new one would have cost more than $40,000. Berry's is valued at $18,000.
    Of course, age has its drawbacks. The Chevy's engine is already "knocking a bit," and Berry is taking it in for a checkup.
    The top executive under Berry, Chief Administrative Officer David Campbell, didn't get a new car, either. In fact, he made out worse.
    The motor pool gave him a Tahoe with 90,000 miles.
    So perhaps it's good to be the mayor after all.

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