Supervisors punish Anderson by removing her from committees

Carol Anderson's two colleagues on the Mohave County Board of Supervisors punished her for her words and deeds Monday by voting to strip her of her committee assignments.

Supervisors Buster Johnson and Jim Zaborsky justified the actions on the grounds that Anderson was advancing her own interests instead of those of the entire board, saying she had taken actions that embarrassed the county.

Johnson placed the item on the agenda, and assigned himself or Zaborsky to committees on which Anderson has served.

Anderson challenged the action, saying some of the committees were appointments by state and federal officials.

"It's stupidity," she said after the meeting.

"It's just their efforts to silence the minority vote."

Johnson said the action was warranted even though Anderson's term is ending in December.

He started the discussion by referring to an action Anderson took months ago in which she sent letters to governors throughout the country criticizing a company that has proposed a private prison in Mohave County, Dominion of Edmond, Okla.

Johnson said afterward that Anderson was within her rights when she was "spouting her opinion," but he drew the line when she her actions could cost the county money.

"She has gone completely off the deep end," Johnson said.

Anderson has clashed with Johnson and Zaborsky over her opposition to the Griffith Energy and Big Sandy natural gas-fired power plants and the proposed prison.

Those tensions came to a head at the April 3 meeting when she went public with an allegation that Johnson and Don Van Brunt, former executive director of the Mohave County Economic Development Authority, made death threats against her through a third party in July 1999 over her opposition to the proposed Big Sandy project near Wikieup.

"Supervisor Anderson, I think the damage has been done," Zaborsky said.

"I guess I have to laugh at the audacity," Anderson said.

She said that removing her from committees will not improve the county's image elsewhere in the state.

Anderson served on the NAFTA U.S.

Trade Corridor, Mohave County Water Authority, Legislative Policy Committee of the County Supervisors Association, Arizona Rural Water Association and other state and federal panels.

In other actions, Zaborsky backed Anderson's request to write a letter to Gov.

Jane Hull to place Mohave County on a "drought relief" list.

Anderson said such an action could help county ranchers.

Johnson voted against the proposal