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5/18/2012 6:01:00 AM
Walker uses county website to rip Bullhead City mayor
County Manager Ron Walker
County Manager Ron Walker

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - County Manager Ron Walker released another vitriolic guest column on the county website Wednesday. County Supervisor Gary Watson, for one, wishes Walker would just stop.

This time, Walker attacked comments made during a Bullhead City Council meeting Tuesday about the county's decision to hold off on distributing flood control dollars to the cities.

The county does not have to distribute flood control dollars to the cities, but does so as "a cooperative gesture," he explained, a gesture that hasn't received "so much as a thank you" from the cities over the last 11 years.

"Like fussy welfare queens, the mayor (Jack Hakim) and his minions always complain their handouts are not enough," Walker said.

He accused Hakim and Bullhead City Council members Sheila Shutts and Sam Medrano of calling the county liars and thieves during a council meeting where an increase in the per diem rate the county charges the cities for housing prisoners in the county jail was discussed.

Walker insinuated that someone with as many civil court cases filed against him, such as Medrano does, shouldn't be telling people that if they don't want to get arrested they shouldn't break the law.

Walker also pointed out that the county has attempted to help Bullhead City by only charging it a dollar a year to rent the county's Senior Nutrition Building.

"Perhaps the mayor could also save some money by not charging the city for so many meals with his media buddies," Walker states.

He also said Hakim has "not had the respect to civilly discuss issues with his District 2 Supervisor. Instead, he chooses to whine during meetings and use his political lapdogs at TV2 to ambush the supervisor on live cable-access television."

Walker also took Hakim to task for listening to the advice of Republican Party Precinct Committeeman Steven Robinson, commenting that even if Robinson was a volunteer for the Republican Central Committee he was overpaid.

He claimed "the vitriolic rhetoric" between Bullhead City and the county "began at city hall."

He also called the Annual Bullhead City River Regatta a "floating booze and litter river party."

"If Hakim and his sycophant whiners spent more time cooperating with their Board representatives instead of using official meetings to squeal and whine, things would be a lot better," Walker said. "Hakim keeps saying we need new supervisors. The truth is, Bullhead City residents need a new mayor."

The entire column can be found on the county's website, www.co.mohave.az.us.

This is not the first time Walker has criticized Bullhead City Officials in a column. Walker also released a column shortly after Hakim made comments during a Tri-City Council meeting about the increase in jail per diem rates and the county's decrease in funding for senior meals.

Walker also criticized District 2 candidate Hildy Angius and Watson in a memo to Board Chairman Buster Johnson in January.

"Damn it! I am thoroughly disgusted with this," was Watson's comment on Walker's most recent column.

When asked if he would request an apology from Walker, Watson said that there wasn't much he could do. He wasn't sure he had the support and state Open Meetings Laws prevent him from getting together outside of formal meetings to discuss the issue with the other supervisors

The laws prohibit a quorum of Board members from meeting to discuss topics that may affect the county without notifying the public 24 hours in advance.

Watson said even if he brought the item up during a regular Board meeting, the Board wouldn't be able to discuss the issue without going into an executive session because it is a personnel matter.

Watson pointed out that firing Walker could cost the county more in severance pay than letting him serve out the remaining eight months of his contract.

Board Chairman Buster Johnson was unavailable for comment Thursday.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Article comment by: Security First

MoCo IT needs to lock Walker's access to ALL Mohave County's systems. If this person worked for a private corporation, he would have already been walked to the door and all of his passwords would have been changed. The longer this takes, the more irreperable damage he can do the County's systems. And left to his own devices records and email may just disapear hindering any investigations.

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012
Article comment by: Truth Balance And Order

@ Rock Paper Scissors - What a great idea. I could just imagine seeing Ron Walker walking along the road in his little orange vest picking up trash. How fitting for the man who has caused so much problems for the county. Maybe they can have the county PIO on the same clean mup crfew.

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

My bad on the proof reading....

"they even tell him to stay home" should have read "they CAN'T even tell him to stay home"


Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

WOW...what a contract!
The way I read it (page 3 line b)....they even tell him to stay home, take away the County vehicle or reduce his responsibilities without it being considered "Termination" in which case he gets all his severance as well as what is owed on the remainder of the contract?

Even for criminal offenses! Unless the County is the victim.

So...he could kill someone (as long as they aren't a resident of Mohave County I believe) and if fired he gets his severance. Even if convicted!

Maybe there's something in other County Employee rules that contradict my statements...but ....just WOW.


Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012
Article comment by: Who Really Is Accountable For This Travesty ?????

If accountability is the objective to stop this continuing embarrassement of this comedy of ERRORS, look no further than those BOS who were seated when the County Manager's contract was approved.
The hallmark of exemplary BOS county LEADERSHIP will be evidenced if the BOS don't repeat the shoddy constitutent stewardship that occured when annointing the current County Manager with power that is directly proportional to the size of his over inflated EGO and sense of SELF WORTH.


Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

I don't know which is more entertaining now a days the birther's, oath keeper's, the folks who seem terrified them black government helicopters are coming for them or the persistent whiners, complainers about Mohave county government obviously if one looks at the recent elections turn out not many care what these folks think or worry about! I guess I will just keep on laughing finding humor in how silly some people are to worry about such trivial matters when the world economy seems to be collapsing in Europe, were stuck in a quagmire in middle east bankrupting us nationally, not much anyone can do about anything but just live throught it! If I can live through Nixon, Reagan, 2 Bushes one a senior, one a junior I pretty much think I will survive all these Mohave county trials and tribulations!

Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Article comment by: Rock Paper Scissors

So some of you fine citizens feel Mr. Walker should be put on leave and get to sit at home for the next seven months? No way Jose. Demote him and put him on a road maintenance crew or better yet send him to one of the county parks and make him clean up the restrooms.

Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Article comment by: Seems to Me

Walker is acting as if he really wants the BOS to fire him so he can collect on a big payday.

BUT instead of firing, he should be made to sit at, and not contribute anything to the county meetings. He shouldn't be allowed to function in the capacity as "county manager" in any way, shape or form.

The BOS could make his next 8 months very uncomfortable for him if they coose to do so.

I'm reasonably sure there is an "assistant" county manager somewhere chomping at the bit to take over.
I just hope it isn't the rocket scientist that screwed up the jail costs.


Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@Moderately Independent
Bravo! Thats the best idea I've seen yet!


Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Article comment by: Butch Meriwetherr

@ the conservative - I have a copy of Ron Walker's contract with the county, but it is way too long to attempt to post it here due the word limitations on posting items on the KDM website. Anyone interested in receiving a copy of his contract can email me at butchsbrew@frontier.com and I’ll send it to them. It really makes for good reading since you must realize the county allowed Walker to write his own contract.

Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Article comment by: Steven Robinson

As one of the targets of Ron Walker's almost unintelligible rant, I think a little reason and some facts are needed.

The County Flood Control district a Countywide District, including the cities with over 60% of the County's residents. The formula exists to distribute funds to the cities. Walker is lying about not having to distribute monies to them. They budget for FY2012 provided for $4 Million to be distributed to the cities instead they proposed giving them just $2.6 Million or 65% of the budgeted amount.

However, Walker proposed that the County keep the Flood Control Monies! In spite of the fact that there is currently an incredible $23 Million dollars in the fund! That is after the County has swept over $5 Million in the past four years. In fact, I’ve addressed the over taxation by the County in my March 25th column, “Taxed to the Max”

I addressed the BHC City Council into the 'Call to the Public' (Imagine that!) about the laws regarding special taxing districts, that the Statutes prohibit moving monies from them to the General Fund. I was unaware, until the gracious Tobey Cotter (Hakim's ‘sidekick’) explained a recently passed appropriations bill (SB1526) gave the County the right to 'sweep' Funds from them, which is precisely what Mr. Walker proposed. This is only for upcoming fiscal year.

But they have to justify to the State their ‘need’ for the money by October 1st. I challenge the County to explain why, when there is $9-10 Million (not including HURF funds) hiding in the various county departments, on top of the $10 Million in contingency funds! Walker proves the adage, when asked how much money a government needs the answer is always “MORE!”

So one question remains: Will the BOS do something about Walker? Time will tell, but I doubt it!


Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Article comment by: Personal Vendetta Using County Resourses?

I don't understand how County officials can be allowed to use County equipment and facilities to attack one another. This is not only unprofessional and imature, it is ridiculous. This kind of behavior would not be tollerated if it was done by a ditch digger, truck driver, or the kid at Micky D's. But the County Manager? Who did he "do" to get this "job"? (pun intended)

Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Article comment by: The Colonel

Watson has no room to complain! He was involved in extending Walker's contract. You can't play both sides of the fence and expect to come out smelling other than what you already are! LOL

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: st devlin

What happened to the ethics moral? Talker walker has done nothing but hurt Mohave County. When are the people going to get the balls to get rid of this idot.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Moderately Independent

I believe that there may be a solution to this problem of Mr. Walker before he costs all of we taxpayers a lot more money. However it will take the will of the public to contact their supervisor and for the supervisors to have the GUTS to follow through.

It has been fairly well documented that Mr. Walker will recieve quite a severence package if he is fired, BUT if the supervisors will put him on administrative leave pending an investigation of his alledged wrongdoings then he will effectively become ineffectual as an admininistrator for the tenure of his present contract thereby saving the citizens of Mohave County the severence pay AND whatever else he intends to spend prior to his departure for his pet projects or possible deals with some cronies that must be repaid prior to his departure.

Either way Mr. Walker has nothing to lose by this action and we taxpayers of Mohave County may just be able to gain...but WE must act and the BOS must listen and give reasonable, coherent arguements that may be publicly ADDRESSED why this action should not be taken if they do not agree with our public outcry.

Enough is enough, the position has been abused and if Mr. Walker had a pea for a brain, even if Bullhead City officials are in the wrong, he would have found a better way of dealing with it.

Remember, WE TAXPAYERS of Mohave County are and will be paying for this, long after Mr. Walker is gone...and I for one feel that these dollars could be put to better use.

BOS...Man Up!



Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Facts Please

Let's get our facts right, COUNTY TAXPAYER. Gary Watson DID NOT vote to renew Walker's contract. Check it out and get it right.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Proud County Employee

As a long time Mohave County employee, I think I speak for most of us when I say "we are proud to have this wingnut representing us". Unfortunately after he leaves, the rest of us will be doing damage control with all of the other government agencies that we routinely work with.

Since you should lead by example, I am curious, is this how all County employees are expected to treat our constituents and other government agencies?

And Supervisor Watson, really, there is nothing you can do? I am going to bet that we have several other candidates for supervisor that would disagree with your comments.


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Gabby B

Someone should put tape over his mouth and tie him up so he can't talk or write!
Better yet, FIRE HIS A**. He should have never had that job in the first place!


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

Whatever the BHC mayor said or did...this sure tells you a lot about the County Manager.

It's pretty obvious to me he didn't invest his outrageous salary and Navy retirement money well and is doing all he can to get canned so he can get that golden parachute.

If most bureaucrats used a Gov owned forum to post something like this about an elected official...he'd be gone by the end of the week.

I've seen more than one petty little dictator that, as they neared the end of their career, did just the same thing. They knew they were basically untouchable as long as they didn't get caught with little boys...and pushed everything to the limit.

He'll be unemployable anywhere else if anyone does any research...and he knows it.


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: STEP BACK - LOOK AT BIG PICTURE

Time out. Think about it. You are in a lame duck postion and some folks are being foolish. You can say what you want and the worst thing that could happen is you get fired early and paid more...wouldn't many of us love to be in a postion that we could say what we really wanted with those kinds of consequences!

But, Mr. Walker should not be using his official title and position to make those kinds of comments...although, they do seem to have some merit. Everyone should watch the council meeting that sparked the comments. The Mayor and City Manager certainly put a huge twist on the BOS actions of holdling off on their request for funds.

Now, for the BOS. There seems to be at least two of the three who agree with Walker's comments and are allowing him to take the heat for saying what they themselves perhaps would like to say. But, when it all is said and done, Walker shouldn't be doing what he is doing and the BOS should be holding him accountable in some manner. If nothing else, tell him to stay home until his contract is up - park the county car, turn in all your keys and don't talk to anyone. I think this is more of a situation of weak leadership by our BOS than an issue with Walker speaking his mind.


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Earl Hamlyn

@ County Taxpayer

Here are the facts! You are absolutely wrong about Supervisor Watson voting to renew Mr. Walker’s contract. I have done several television shows with Supervisor Watson and he has repeatedly stated he DID NOT and WOULD NOT vote to renew Mr. Walker’s contract.


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: City Support

Bullhead City gave out some interesting facts. $22.5 million in flood control reserves sitting under Walker's control. The non-funding of city flood control projects is terrible. This is property tax money paid for by the citizens of each city and those living in the county. Walker's attack on Bullhead City is an attack on everyone in Mohave County.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: the conservative

I haven't seen his contract so I can't speak specifics, however it's always possible to make an employees job a little more difficult. So while we may not be able to fire him outright our supervisors can at least make his work life a little less comfortable. His contract most likely does not specify air conditioning in his office, nor an indoor office at all. I would like to see his office moved outside and his hours adjust to noon-8pm, also since his contract most likely has an "other duties as assigned" clause let's add janitorial duties for a couple months and landscaping for a couple months. Come on supervisors, contracts are never so broad as to tie your hands like you would have us believe.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

@ Al DiCicco – The KDM did run a photograph and caption about the Arizona State Republican Convention so I guess your blog comment was off basis. They didn’t have a reporter at the event and I know you were there. Why haven’t you taken the opportunity to write a news article about the convention and submit it for consideration. One thing you must remember when writing an article, it should only include the facts (the six Ws of journalism - who, what, when, where, how and why) and you should not inject your opinion. If you want to inject your opinion, then I suggest you write a letter to the editor or a proposed guest commentary and submit it for consideration. If it is newsworthy and well written, you have a chance of having it published, but the editor has the final say as to if it is published or not.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: New Commandment No.6

Be ye therefore meek and transgress thee no more, for verily your master may forgive thee naught, for he ruleth mightily and with impunity and his hand is firm now go thee forth and be ye ever so humble, and grateful, evermore.


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