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7/3/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Supervisors and conflicts

Our Mohave County Board of Supervisors has two members who need to begin recusing themselves from certain agenda items.

Both have had substantial monetary gain from their dealings with the Mohave County Courts system, and both continue to vote on agenda items that benefit their personal businesses.

Supervisor Steven Moss is a practicing attorney from Bullhead City and Supervisor Jean Bishop is a constable who serves for the courts in Mohave County.

Ask any county employee who has been scrutinized with the dreaded "Conflict of Interest" form generated by Supervisor Moss. It is done to protect the taxpayers of our county from lining the pockets of those who have direct benefit from how tax money is spent.

I expect these two supervisors to begin filling out the "Conflict of Interest" forms and also recusing themselves from court-related agenda items.

Gary Menser

Lake Havasu

Note: Bishop has resigned her constable position.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: Kingman John

Frankly Speaking, it would appear as if once again you have attacked AN with no basis in fact or actual knowledge.

Your statement to AN, “You are attending ‘EVERY’ meeting? Very doubtful,” appears to be in error. AN is a resident (or he claims to be) of Lake Havasu City and I am confident he does not attend the board of supervisors meetings in person. However, I suspect that, much like myself, he watches those meetings on television. I have never attended a supervisors meeting, despite living within six miles of the administration building, but I watch each and ever one on tv. So instead of providing an accurate assessment you allowed your personal animas against AN to once again override common sense.

As to your comment about body language and Buster Johnson. It is more than obvious to anyone watching that he acts much like a ten year old who can’t wait for recess.

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: Rick Sherwood

I think many are now seeing the real aptitude of our elected leaders. They are naive of many things relevant to this county and as such need to refer to staff so they can go back acting like potentates. They need to do their own research. We maybe witnessing their inability to do so.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking


"His body language at every meeting shows contempt for the people of Mohave County."

You are attending "EVERY" meeting? Very doubtful.

And you are an expert on body language now, even when you are not actually there to assess it?

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Whatever You Say

"Supervisors need to direct their requests to the County Administrator" directly INSTEAD of to staff because the County Administrator I feel sure is 'hands on' in that recommendation anyway. Referring a question for recommendation to whatever county entity is a great way for that entity to manipulate which informational statistics or facts the BOS receives and mold the BOS's final decisions to that entity's liking. Yes, the Supervisors should do the work of research and investigation themselves, and get their information from several different sources, including going out in the field and talking to residents, not only to County staff.

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: anonymous1 anonymous1

Politics as usual, one group fearing losing their power to another! Corruption, mismanagement, arrogance seems to all go hand in hand!

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

You speak political heresy! Who among us is capable of intelligent, independent thought? Why would we even suspect such a thing to occur whether at the common person level or at the political level? But you hit the nail on the head! Maybe there are a few of us political heretics out here.

You are absolutely correct. A supervisor must serve transparently and that supervisor owes the county full time attention. When one of the supervisors says " we will refer the matter to staff", what they are really saying is that " we don't want to deal with it and besides we are incapable of our own research and decisions". And then of course they need to worry about their real job. Right Steve? Do the supervisors have any idea just how much turmoil and staff work schedule disruption results from " refer to staff for recommendation"? Supervisors need to direct their requests to the County Administrator. Not to staff. Supervisors need to tackle the problem themselves. The County Administrators staff is for details or technical issues. Don't argue with the recommendation. You asked for a recommendation. It is demoralizing and only points to your inability to give direction in the first place. We expect full time attention not self promotion. Exercise leadership.

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

Ohhhhh exxxxcuuuuusssse meeeeee.

It's only about $65K a year + bennies. I was reading the pay for larger counties...my bad. Still sounds like a pretty good gig.

And no matter what, it's part time. Are they required to be in their office or doing County business a certain number of hours per day or week?

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Harris

$80,000 a year. I don't think so but what are we paying those five?

As for the supervisor job being a full time job. It is, easily so IF done as it should be. There are tons of reports which need to read and analyzed. Again, IF done correctly there are dozens of meeting with the county manager, department heads and citizens. So it is a full time job and these positions are needed to oversee and direct the county staff. The true story is which of the 5 are giving us our money's worth

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: just a thought

I thought it was particular interesting how and why Jean got appointed. Should have been someone not running and there were plenty of those!

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: Jean Bishop

I was appointed as the Interm Supervisor on June 2, 2014 and immediately submitted my written resignation as Constable. The resignation was accepted by the BOS at the following meeting when I took the official oath of office. The position is full time job and most days begins early and ends late. I appreciate the opportunity to continue serving, not for the money but for my love of Mohave County!

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014
Article comment by: Roy Leggett

Since moving to Mohave County 12 years ago, I have heard nothing but griping about Buster Johnson and the supervisors. If they are so bad, then how do they stay in office? That answer is simple. People do not vote. If you want these renegades out of off, the go to the polls and vote them out. It has nothing to do with whether you are republican or democrat. Vote for the person YOU want in office. If you vote strictly rep. or dem. you are acting like a bunch of sheep. you just vote how someone tells you to vote. Forget party and vote for who you want to be in office. Period. I vote for who I think would serve best in the position they are running for. Use your brain and forg

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: Also Wonders

V Stokes

Horse Hockey.

Do you have any idea that maybe it is a full time job and maybe just maybe we have some of the problems we have because the supervisors treat it part time?

$80 K plus bennies? look at the salary required by ARS...it is not $80 K. Get your facts don't hypothesize or spin it.

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"Being a supervisor is a full time job, not part time."

Horse hocky. Takes a lot of your time, yes, but not 40 hrs a week, unless you count photo ops, campaigning, and other public appearances. What? 2 meetings a month (used to be 1 right?)

For around $80K a year? Plus a vehicle if they want it, plus a staff, plus an expense account, plus travel pay?

ALL elected officials should be required to divest/distance themselves from any outside business they may have. Now, I don't mean those that are paid a pittance like City council members. But those paid in the upper 10% class, yes.

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"Buster simply can not hide his resentment of Supervisor Bishop..."

Nor can he hide his utter disdain for the "job". His body language at every meeting shows his contempt for the people of Mohave County. I have never seen a person - outside of a school kind - who so obviously hates having to be somewhere as Buster Johnson.

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

Why does everyone seem surprised by something like this in a Republican State and County? You get what you vote for!

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: District 4 voter

Mr. Menser, you should instead be worrying about your own corrupt Supervisor Buster Johnson, or are you doing his dirty work?

Buster simply can not hide his resentment of Supervisor Bishop, which was very obvious at the last meeting.

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: Oversight is Needed

Are you kiddin?. There use to be some degree of ethics and a self-imposed sense of right and wrong. Not anymore. Nowadays these elected officials not only refuse to do what is in the communities best interest but brag about pulling strings, benefiting from insider info and getting rich. They sell their run down ice plants, buy land where proposed roads go, and work their connections for when they leave office. There needs to be much more oversight. The question is how?

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: Also Wonders

And how about a county supervisor married to a city mayor?

It seems to me that each supervisor that has outside employment has a conflict of interest. Have each of you that do completed an application for outside employment? And submitted it to those that put you in office?

Being a supervisor is a full time job, not part time. If you do not like the salary then do not run.

It seems that you all have forgotten, at least at times, that service to the public is a sacred privilege and not an opportunity to further personal or political agendas.

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