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4/10/2013 6:00:00 AM
Ethics proposal dismissed as inadequate
Policy's teeth lacking, say supervisors

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Two new Mohave County supervisors don't think a county conflict of interest policy proposed by staff meets their campaign goals.

District 5 Supervisor Steven Moss and District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius promised voters they would require all county employees to disclose conflicts of interest to the county and the public. Angius made it a goal after discovering that the county was leasing space from the spouses of two county employees in 2011.

Moss raised questions Monday about a proposed conflict of interest policy that would not require a county employee or employee's family member to disclose that they are the landlord or tenant of a company that wants to do business with the county.

County Human Resources Director Ray Osuna explained a landlord/tenant situation would be considered a "remote interest" that would be unlikely to influence the Board's vote on an issue.

"So, if my wife owned a building and rented it to the county, I would not have to disclose that?" Moss asked.

"That's correct, Mr. Moss," Osuna said.

"I disagree with that," Angius said. "I would like that changed. I believe that's a big one and actually addressed in the (Arizona) statute itself.

"I know here in this county, leases do not go out for bid, but according to the statute, if it is a lease and there is a conflict, it must go out for bid. So, I won't vote yes on anything that won't address that."

Moss also questioned a section stating that employees or family members do not have to disclose their connection to a business as long as they own fewer than 3 percent of the shares and the income they receive from the business does not exceed 5 percent of their total income.

"What if I come from one of these big, large families where you have 23 siblings and they have all their spouses and they all own each own 3 percent of a construction company? Would that have to be disclosed?" Moss asked.

"In my opinion, Mr. Moss, no," Osuna said.

"Even though in aggregate my family would own essentially two-thirds of that company?" Moss asked.

"In my opinion, that would not be in the aggregate," Osuna said.

"This should be tabled to our next regular meeting so staff can have the opportunity to explain what I consider to be these two discrepancies, but also so that the Board would have the opportunity to scrutinize this new policy," Moss said.

The Board voted unanimously to table the issue to its next meeting.

The Board also approved:

• Holding one regular meeting at the beginning of each month and calling special meetings as necessary instead of moving to two regular meetings a month.

• Allowing all county employees to carry weapons to work if they want and allowing county elected officials, such as the county attorney or a superior court judge, to determine if they want to allow their employees to carry weapons in the office.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Frederick Williams

Regarding the Public carrying weapons into the Administration building or the B.O.S. meetings, just because you can does not mean you should.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

does anyone wonder why this county is so corrupt, with people like osuna working there! and there are alot more who think just like him.
we need to clean house, and get people who have the good of the county in mind. not "what can I get for me!"

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