County supervisors reject proposal to hire assistant county manager

Dick Skalicky, interim manager for Mohave County since February, will not get any help from an assistant county manager - in the near future, anyway.

Citing concerns about finances, Supervisors Carol Anderson and Jim Zaborsky on Monday voted against a suggestion from Supervisor Buster Johnson to hire an assistant manager.

However, Anderson left open the possibility of hiring an assistant manager following a session on the budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Johnson argued unsuccessfully for the need for an assistant manager to devote time to county business.

He said Skalicky has to devote his efforts to the "overall running" of the county, creating the need for an assistant to tackle various projects.

The assistant county manager also will provide better continuity and help to see projects through, Johnson said.

He said the supervisors should consider hiring the assistant before beginning the search to replace County Manager Paul McIntosh, who left in February to accept a similar job in Florida.

Zaborsky said he would be reluctant to do so based on budgetary constraints, adding, "I have complete confidence in Dick's ability."

He suggested waiting until the new county manager is hired or a new board is elected.

Zaborsky and Anderson are not seeking re-election, and the supervisors previously decided to let the new board recruit McIntosh's replacement.

Anderson referred to a hiring freeze that went into effect Feb.

29 for all positions paid for with the general fund, with the exception of court-related employees.

"I think the biggest problem is the lack of funding," she said.

"We are coming up to the budget session.

We should have a sit-down session ..."

"Dick has a lot of things on his plate, a lot of big issues.

I think we need to have somebody looking over the county," Johnson said.