Mohave County sheriff candidates winnowed to six

KINGMAN - The list of replacement Mohave County sheriff's candidates now stands at six people, and the the Mohave County Board of Supervisors will interview those candidates July 28.

Supervisors narrowed the list at Monday's meeting and, following the interviews, are expected to name an interim sheriff to fill an unexpired term that ends in 2016. The current sheriff, Tom Sheahan, is retiring.

Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Hildy Anguis said the board received 13 applications from highly qualified individuals with extensive law enforcement backgrounds.

Finalists for the job were whittled down to Larry Archie, Wes Bauer, Michael Contreras, Ed Jones, Jim McCabe, and Doug Schuster.

Sheahan was recognized by the board for his 30-plus years of service and dedication to law enforcement, including 17 years as county sheriff. He was given a desk clock to let him know he can stop by from time to time, Anguis said.

"It's been a pleasure serving as sheriff for 17 years," Sheahan said. "I couldn't have made a better decision in my life many years ago."

Several people at the supervisors meeting approached Sheahan to personally thank him for his service, shake his hand and have their picture taken with him.

In other regular agenda items, the board directed staff to put together a report on all fees collected by the Mohave County medical examiner for fiscal year 2013-14.

Fees charged by the medical examiner must be approved by the board and go before a public hearing, District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson said.

The coroner's office is providing examinations and autopsies outside of Mohave County, including assisting the Las Vegas coroner, which is not part of the contract, he said.

The county also needs to address the $175 fee collected from relatives of the deceased, Johnson said.

"It looks like an unfair fee on taxpayers," he said.

County Administrator Michael Hendrix said staff needs to get details on what can and cannot be done under the contract. The auditor general is coming back in August with a separate report on medical examiner fees.

In its consent agenda, the Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with Coconino County for medical examiner services on an "as needed" basis for one year.

The board recessed into executive session at the end of the meeting to interview four applicants for the vacant clerk position. Ginny Anderson, interim clerk of the board, was selected to fill the position permanently.

Other consent agenda items approved with no discussion:

• An application for special event liquor license for Rte. 66 Wings & Wheels on Aug. 22-23.

• A one-year contract with WestCare Arizona of Bullhead City to provide court-ordered alcohol and drug screening, with an option for two-year renewal periods.

• An award of prequalified indigent defense attorneys, including Gerald Gavin, Lacy Law, Deborah Liverence and Whitney & Whitney, all from Kingman.

• Three new stop signs in Dolan Springs; one in the Valle Vista area; one stop sign and two 25 mph speed limit signs in Mohave Valley; and nine stop signs and one 25 mph sign in Meadview.

• The retirement of K9 dog Raidin, who will be given to his partner and handler, Deputy Kerry Shanaman.

• The appointments of Bill Abbott and Oscar Beckham to the board of adjustment.