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6/1/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Non-candidate would be perfect

Losing Supervisor Joy Brotherton leaves a huge hole in my heart - she was a lady of grace and dignity. Her passion for the people of Mohave County was really a "Joy" to behold. She will not be replaced on the board of supervisors, for that is impossible. But the vacancy must be faced by the remaining Supervisors.

That is where the challenge comes, because 4-5 people - supervisors and the clerk of the board - none of whom reside in District 4, will select the person to be an interim supervisor. That decision could come as early as Monday.

We know that many people will run for the office - 13 ran in 2012. Many of those who are candidates will also turn in their resumes for the vacancy. Why not? After all, one of them will quite possibly be selected.

Here is "why not." Whomever the Board appoints from among the candidates will have an unfair advantage over the rest of the candidates as an unofficial "incumbent" in the primary and general elections. He/she will have more information from within the county's operation and a better base in pre-election forums and debates. By the sheer stroke of a pen, the remaining supervisors will, in essence, be dictating to the people of District 4 just whom they should elect.

There are other very good options that the Supervisors should seriously consider. A retired supervisor from District 4 could "hit the ground running." Another possibility is someone with years of experience in government operations and budgeting. Either of these individuals could easily step in and handle the job adequately. They wouldn't be concerned with an election or making decisions that would gain the most votes.

As a resident of District 4 and knowing virtually all the candidates, I believe the best course of action, and most prudent for the voters and citizens, is to not select a candidate. Rather, find someone whose goal and temperament is to do what's right for all without any agenda.

Steven Robinson

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014
Article comment by: If qualifications count

The best person to put in temporarily would be Earl Hamlyn. He is very qualified and not running as a candidate. He knows how the county is run and can hold his own in debate and discussion. He has great passion for Mohave County and he lives in District 4.

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014
Article comment by: Yosemite Sam

Hey Jim Consolato, perhaps you should focus on personal ethics and truth telling in writing.

This so-called "sea of controversy" is nothing more than a tempest in a teapot stirred up by haters and a small handful disgruntled current and ex-employees.

Finally, I didn't see his name as one of those asking for the appointment to the position, but now that you mention it, "How about you Steve" has a point.

He probably does understand county operations better than anyone, which is why he has been personally attacked by the County Administration, for all of the budget and operational issues he's pointed out over the last 3+ years.

Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

@ How About You Steve. Please be careful what you suggest, wish or pray for. I appreciate Steve Robinson's opinion on the process and the issues he has raised. I agree with him but it would be a real gift to Mohave County at this time if Mr. Robinson focused on his role/ office/oath as a Director on the GVFD, instead of either running or being appointed to the BOS. At this point of time he is a key person in a sea of controversy in what some call the Golden Valley Fire District Scandal.

Thank you Mr. Robinson for your commmunity efforts.

Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Article comment by: How About You Steve

Why don't you throw your hat in the ring Steve? You know as much about the county operations as any of the candidates.

Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Article comment by: Rick Sherwood

It is rare that I agree with SR but in this case I firmly believe in his statements. Not only is it the "right thing" to do, it is the only thing to do. It will as Robinson says be"most prudent for the voters" but fair for the potential candidates. These candidates deserve a level playing field to be able to share with District 4 voters their positions on the various issues affecting our district. The Board, while having the legal right to select an individual, does not have the moral or ethical right to pick winners or losers that affect individuals not in their individual Districts. If they do select one of these, we will understand that they are greasing the skids for that person and most likely a friendly vote.

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