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12:05 AM Mon, Nov. 19th

Hendrix: Hlavac not a good fit on my team

Former public defender only deputy county manager not retained in changeover

Dana Hlavac

Dana Hlavac

KINGMAN - The Board of Supervisors held a brief special meeting Friday in an attempt to explain their reasoning behind laying off former Deputy County Manager of Criminal Justice Services Dana Hlavac.

Hlavac was the only deputy county manager to be laid off after the Board eliminated the positions earlier this month. The other three deputy county managers were reassigned as different department heads - most at the same salaries that they earned as deputy county managers.

Interim County Administrator Mike Hendrix said he brought the item back before the Board to officially ratify the Board's decision.

"I recommend not appointing Hlavac to his old position because I don't believe he is a good fit for my management team," Hendrix said.

Hlavac served the as the county's public defender for many years before being bumped up to the deputy county manager position. He did not attend Friday's meeting.

District 5 Supervisor Steven Moss pointed out two problems with reappointing Hlavac to the public defender's office. First, if Hlavac was reappointed as the public defender it would be at a higher salary than the current public defender. Second, as the deputy county manager of criminal justice services, Hlavac had access to the records from the County Attorney, Public Defender and the Legal Defender's offices that could present a conflict of interest if he was moved back to the public defender position.

The Board voted unanimously to ratify its decision to not to reappoint Hlavac to his old position.

The Board also unanimously approved setting up a committee to vet a person to fill Justice of the Peace Richard Lambert's seat. Gov. Janet Brewer recently appointed Lambert to the Mohave County Superior Court.

The Board also unanimously approved an increase in the rent for Moss' Fort Mohave office by $350 a month to $1,120 a month. The Board also extended the length of the lease from two years to four years.

Hendrix said the money is designed to compensate the landlord for minor renovations to the office.

The county had considered doing the renovations themselves, but most of the bids came in between $35,000 and $50,000, Hendrix said. The landlord offered to do the work for about $16,000 and attach the payments to the rent.