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2/25/2013 5:59:00 AM
Hendrix: Hlavac not a good fit on my team
Former public defender only deputy county manager not retained in changeover
Dana Hlavac
Dana Hlavac

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The Board of Supervisors held a brief special meeting Friday in an attempt to explain their reasoning behind laying off former Deputy County Manager of Criminal Justice Services Dana Hlavac.

Hlavac was the only deputy county manager to be laid off after the Board eliminated the positions earlier this month. The other three deputy county managers were reassigned as different department heads - most at the same salaries that they earned as deputy county managers.

Interim County Administrator Mike Hendrix said he brought the item back before the Board to officially ratify the Board's decision.

"I recommend not appointing Hlavac to his old position because I don't believe he is a good fit for my management team," Hendrix said.

Hlavac served the as the county's public defender for many years before being bumped up to the deputy county manager position. He did not attend Friday's meeting.

District 5 Supervisor Steven Moss pointed out two problems with reappointing Hlavac to the public defender's office. First, if Hlavac was reappointed as the public defender it would be at a higher salary than the current public defender. Second, as the deputy county manager of criminal justice services, Hlavac had access to the records from the County Attorney, Public Defender and the Legal Defender's offices that could present a conflict of interest if he was moved back to the public defender position.

The Board voted unanimously to ratify its decision to not to reappoint Hlavac to his old position.

The Board also unanimously approved setting up a committee to vet a person to fill Justice of the Peace Richard Lambert's seat. Gov. Janet Brewer recently appointed Lambert to the Mohave County Superior Court.

The Board also unanimously approved an increase in the rent for Moss' Fort Mohave office by $350 a month to $1,120 a month. The Board also extended the length of the lease from two years to four years.

Hendrix said the money is designed to compensate the landlord for minor renovations to the office.

The county had considered doing the renovations themselves, but most of the bids came in between $35,000 and $50,000, Hendrix said. The landlord offered to do the work for about $16,000 and attach the payments to the rent.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: concerned citizen

@Patriot Wes

Hendrix is in. The Kingman Supervisors want him and the others won't fight it.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Patriot WES

Mr Hendrix, "good fit for MY management team"?. Do not get to comfortable in your position. You will be gone in six months, hopefully off of payroll altogether! Every deputy county manager should of been fired for what they did to Mohave Co. I find it absurd that you are now the county manager.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: It's Those Darn Tax and Spend Republicans

So Hlavac can't keep his salary when reassigned to a lower paying position while the other 3 were allowed to keep their exorbitant salaries?

I can see already this Steve Moss is going to be a pain in the butt. With all the store fronts open in Mohave Valley/South Bullhead you couldn't find office space for the original $350/month rate?

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

He said "my management team"??
this county has no clue what you are in for, with "good ole boy" hendrix at the helm!
this guy was appointed to Public Works director because "he knows where all the skeleton are buried" (as said by his previous boss)
now his comments forewarn you of whats to come!

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: True Disbeliever

If you are a fisherman or hunter, especially if you have a walk-in cooler and a meat saw at your home and be willing to let Mr. Hendrix use them you will have a job for as long as Mr. Hendrix works for the County.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Brother Justin

There is no Dana, only Zuul.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: How Tragic That Mohave County Leadership Stoops So Low !!!!

As has been shown, demonstrated and witnessed, when the County Of Mohave Leadership (and I use that word LIGHTLY), Administration (if there were such a thing) and Department Managers (which are a JOKE) don't either want you or not like you, the whole of Mohave County will know of it. To all of the past employees whose tenure with the County Of Mohave was "discontinued" for whatever reason, hold fast to the sentiment "What Goes Around, Comes Around". Enough Said

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

He considers people a good fit for his management team if they are his fishing buddies. No other qualifications are needed. Get this guy out of our county politics.

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Caspers

If Mr Hlavac was let go by this board he must have been doing something right.

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