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5/14/2013 6:00:00 AM
Mohave County stays in-house for new administrator
Mike Hendrix
Mike Hendrix

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Former Mohave County Public Works Director Mike Hendrix is the new Mohave County administrator.

The Board of Supervisors announced their unanimous decision Monday morning after interviewing Hendrix and one other finalist for the position, Bullhead City Vice Mayor Mark Clark. The Board went into two executive sessions so it could interview each candidate individually.

Golden Valley resident Steven Robinson asked the Board to table its decision in order to give the public time to comment on their choice. The Board declined Robinson's suggestion.

"This has been on the radio all week long. It's been in the news all week," District 4 Supervisor Joy Brotherton said.

"Where are the people?" she asked, gesturing to the nearly empty auditorium.

Eight people attended Monday's meeting.

"If they were really interested, they would be here."

Hendrix and Clark were at the top of the list of six finalists that were chosen by an independent review committee. The county received around 38 applications for the position from all over the county, County Human Resources Director Ray Osuna said.

The other four finalists were from out of state, said Board Chairman Gary Watson.

"We had a number of qualified candidates, but the two in-state candidates were far, far better qualified than the four we had from out of state," Watson said. "Mr. Clark had very good financial experience, but he didn't have the administrative experience."

Watson was appointed by the Board to negotiate a contract with Hendrix, who has been serving as the interim county administrator, since former County Manager Ron Walker left in December.

Clark is running for a second term on the Bullhead City Council this year. He has also served on as a general manager for Laughlin Ranch in Bullhead City and has a consulting firm, according to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

District 5 Supervisor Steven Moss said he voted for Hendrix because of how he has handled the rapid changes the Board has put the county administration through.

"He's done a good job and I don't want to unduly disrupt the county administration," Moss said.

He was also looking for someone who wouldn't undermine the Board, as he said the previous county manager did.

"Over the last few months, he really has proven himself," said Brotherton. "He's someone I felt really confident about presenting an honest, open relationship with the public."

Brotherton said she didn't go with an out-of-state candidate because "sometimes they're only interested in the job and the money. They have no commitment to the community. Mike's raised his children here. He has a commitment to the community. He has roots here."

The Board also discussed what changes it wanted to make to the county administrator's position during a workshop on Monday.

"I don't believe the old job description is adequate," Moss said. "I think it behooves the Board to take a look at this."

The current job description limited the Board's power over the county administrator too much, he said. Moss suggested having the Board work with Hendrix to define his duties.

"I had hoped for more public input," he said, glancing out at the nearly empty auditorium. District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson suggested it might be better if the Board worked with Osuna on the job description.

"I'd rather deal with Mr. Hendrix. I want to engage directly with him on his role as the county administrator," Moss said.

Johnson said that past attempts to negotiate job duties with county managers had not always turned out well.

District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius suggested the Board use Yavapai County's county administrator job description as a jumping-off point.

"I have no problem using that as a skeleton," Moss said.

Watson suggested that the individual supervisors look over the Yavapai and Mohave county job descriptions and send suggestions for changes to the clerk of the Board. The Board could then discuss the suggestions during its first meeting in June. The Board approved the suggestion.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Article comment by: Just an Observation

@ All of the negative Ned's/Nancy's
Do any of you that are so negative at a man who has not even done a job yet even work for the county or even bother going to meetings? My guess is no!
If you REALLY want to fix things then stop whining and complaining, get off the stinking computer and do something!
Who knows maybe Mr. Hendrix actually will do good for the county!
So sick of all the negativity from the locals!

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: Paul Bearer

Only time will tell if being appointed was a good idea or not.

I can only hope that people give Mr. Hendrix a chance to prove himself.

Now if he could just make it easier to construct a business in Mohave County we all might make a little progress.

One thing for certain is that Government has intruded way too far into a small business persons wallet.

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: WHY BOTHER

Why did anyone else even bother to apply for this job - the fix has been in for months - no surprises here!
Mohave County HR - Same ole' - same ole'

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Now he has unanimous approval from the BOS to do the same county wide. And I am sure he will make well above $ 200,000 with benefits above the table.”

And you were at the meeting to protest his selection…right? Oh, you weren’t, then I suggest you just sit back and be quiet.

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: Robert & Nancy Kampfe


Congrats from both of us! Your dedication to your community and family is second to none.

Mohave County is in Good Hands!

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: jim kanelos

Congratulation Mike you are a stand up guy just stay one!!!!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Toni Marie Swats

I've been very happy with Mr. Hendricks and his outlook on the County and his interactions with the Board so far. I'm glad he was given the opportunity to continue the momentum of positive leadership he created with his interim term.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: H J

Botherton is wrong! We don't need another "local" that's part of the problem, not the solution! An outsider with
Fresh eyes, different view, not influenced, objective, etc.
Her excuse people didn't show-up to the meeting when she know good and well the BOS mind was made up regardless of what the public says!
We ask Ms. Botherton to name one things she done to improve the lives & conditions of the people in her
District since being elected?

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: just Saying

@Kingman Lifer

You are absolutely right. Another Kingmanite to run our County and District. Good ole boys strike again

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Travis Lingenfelter

Congratulations to the Board and to County Administrator Hendrix. This was a wise decision made by the Board.

Mr. Hendrix was a professional colleague of mine for 10 years as I served as Procurement Director and later as Economic Development Director. I enjoyed working with him always. He was a consistent voice of reason at executive team meetings, he maintained a sense of urgency in his work, he stayed structured, he held his staff responsible for what they were responsible for, he was proactive, he anticipated questions and took responsibility, he respected other people's valuable time, he never missed an opportunity to teach, and he was consistently offering others praise for successes large and small. He loves Mohave County and the active outdoor lifestyle it offers and genuinely cares about its best interests.

I know he will serve the Board well.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Lana Keller-Robinett

Congratulations, Mike,

As a lifetime resident of Kingman & Mohave County, I appreciate your willingness to listen to the public who notify you with concerns. My experience has been that you listen, research & follow up with results. You exemplify the same integrity of your parents thank you!

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: concerned citizen

8 people!
And a year from now there will be cries of outrage over not including the public in the selection process!
When will everyone, including the Miner, learn. This area has a whole bunch of cry babies, who don't have anything else to do but to moan and groan about life's raw deals and all the "supposedly" crooked politicians.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: More New Buildings?

We saw how Hendrix oversaw the spending of millions on new buildings for the DPW at he expense of other much needed items. I am sure he had plenty of input with the BOS to get these approved. Now he has unanimous approval from the BOS to do the same county wide. And I am sure he will make well above $ 200,000 with benefits above the table.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Dave In Golden Valley

At least the Bullhead clique did not win this time. This should be great for the Hunters club at the County. This is an impossible job. The structures of County government in Arizona is not conducive for good government. Not saying the Walker dictatorship was good either.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Lifer


Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Congratulations Mike!

Now don't go turn into another "King Ronnie" or screw it up.

BTW, when is the next bass tournament?

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Curtis Cutshaw

Congratulations to the board for making this great choice. Congratulations to you Mike, I know you will do a great job for our county.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Laurie Voss Barthlow

Congratulations, Mike!

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Goood Choice

We can all sigh a sigh of relief that we will never have to look at another picture of Walker.

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