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11/11/2012 6:00:00 AM
Watson continues manager push

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

County Supervisor Gary Watson is pushing hard to find a temporary county manager as soon as possible.

During Monday's Board of Supervisors' meeting, Watson asked for a special Board meeting on Jan. 2 in order to swear in the five supervisors, including three newcomers, and discuss who would fill County Manager Ron Walker's shoes while the Board looked for his replacement.

Walker is currently on vacation in an attempt to use up some of his paid time off before his contract ends on Dec. 31. The four deputy county managers have been taking turns running the office while he has been gone.

"Why don't we just wait until the first Board meeting on Jan. 7?" asked Board Chairman Buster Johnson. He pointed out that it would take the county about six months to find a permanent replacement to fill Walker's position. "I don't see what difference it makes waiting five days," he said.

"My preference is for (Jan. 2)," Watson said. "We have a potential new Board member here. Why don't we ask her?" he said, gesturing toward Hildy Angius, who was sitting in the front row. She ran unopposed in District 2 in the general election.

Walker's actions have created a number of problems between the county administration and the public in the last few years. He and Angius clashed earlier this year over the lease of property for the county library annex.

"I would like to do this as soon as possible," Angius said.

Watson eventually got his way and a meeting was scheduled for Jan. 2.

When asked afterwards why he had pushed so hard for the meeting, Watson said, "I think these newly elected people want to get started on this. I also think it's inappropriate to leave county employees wondering what's going to happen to them. They need a clear understanding of what's next."

Watson said his preferred candidate for the county manager's position would be someone local who has a history of working with the county.

"I'm not in favor of a regional or national search," he said. "I just want to get out and get going on this."

The Board also:

• Approved a request from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office to use more than $43,000 in unclaimed money from 118 cases dating as far back as 1993 to purchase video enhancing equipment.

• Approved a request from Johnson to direct staff to create a program to brief new supervisors on how the county operates.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Ronnie's Still in charge

Anson' Nephew: you are the only person in the county if not the world who would make the tyrant Walker look appealing! You make walker look honest! Under your reign of error, you would double the taxes, hire a bunch of people to sit around, and make the road department tear up roads!

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Walter Kessler

@ the fox hound, nice idea but Arizona State Statutes dictate how the Counties are to be run. If someone was elected to a County Supervisor position and did not read any of the State Statutes we the taxpayers, the elected official and the County can all be liable for their blunder. So I guess you could say the fox (elected County Supervisors) got into the hen house! More of the 3 good old boys and 2 good old girls network continuing but if the voters get tired of it we could just RECALL them! But what do you expect we voted them in at a salary of $76,600 a year plus a vehicle of their choice up to $40,000 and other perks. So who is the fool now.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Does it bother anyone else that Buster wants to tell the incoming Supervisors how the county runs things? Don't these new elected canidates have their own ideas about how things should run? If not why did we elect them? I guess it is just business as usual in the good ole boy network?

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Not in favor of a regional or national search, is Watson stupid or something. no you can't have one of your good o'l buddies for the job. This town needs people from the outside, you know, someone with experience, brains and common sense. This is exactly why we have had to put up with the same worn out sheriff for so long, you need to advertise these positions nationally.

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: what's up with that?

just who is watson pushing? He doesn't want anyone outside the area, probably someone who's already part of the County leadership.

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Why don't we just do away with the postion of county manager and all of his little deputies and save the county half a million dollars a year? Or at least do away with the "deputy" positions - that was a stupid idea beyond belief. Or cut the pay to a reasonable amojnt, say $50,000 - heck I'd take the job for fifty grand (and derove my own car in the process) and would immediately do away with 90% of the crap Lil Ronnie Walker has stuck the county with!

And what's with Lil Ronnie not showing up for work?

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