"Go get 'em," Carper said.
Under the agreement made Thursday, county officials will get to look at the lawsuit before it's filed.
Also Thursday, commissioners approved a $242,000 expense by Sheriff Johnny Rutherford to buy a Lenco BearCat armored assault vehicle. The sheriff's departments -- and other law enforcement agencies in the state -- have been trying to get one of the vehicles for years, but have been unable to get grant money to help pay for them.
"This will save an officer's or a civilian's life," Rutherford said, adding that it's only a matter of time before such a vehicle will be needed to combat an armed gunman in a hostage situation.
"The county needs it," he said. "The region needs it." Rutherford said there isn't another similar vehicle in the state, and he would make it available for local police departments and the West Virginia State Police to use in emergencies.
The four-wheel-drive vehicle is based on a Ford F-550 truck chassis, and is impervious to pistol and rifle fire.
The county already has a cast-off former military armored car, but the vehicle is old and unsafe. Although the county didn't pay for it, the armored car is a Vietnam War-era design, was built in 1981 and was already worn out when the county got it.
"It was a good stopgap vehicle until we could get the real one," said sheriff's department training officer Lt. Keith Vititoe.
Rutherford said the sheriff's department will shuffle money around in its existing budget to pay for the BearCat, and won't be asking for any additional county money.
Also Thursday, commissioners agreed to pay up to $12,000 for a forensic audit of the county's jail bill. County officials are constantly finding errors and incorrect charges in the county's monthly bill from the state.Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.