Mohave County Supervisors to weigh complaint against NACFD’s Vic Riccardi at Monday’s meeting

KINGMAN – The fire lit under the board of directors for Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District is burning a little hotter with a complaint against Vic Riccardi for not attending professional development training.

That deficiency will be addressed at 9:30 a.m. Monday when the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meets at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St., to discuss the complaint and possibly send it to the County Attorney for appropriate legal action.

Riccardi is already the target of a recall petition, along with board Chairwoman Patti Lewis, following a contentious 3-2 vote on March 22 to hire interim Fire Chief Wayne Eder.

Christopher Simpson of Kingman sent the complaint to Supervisor Gary Watson regarding Riccardi’s lack of training.

All fire district governing board members and fire chiefs are required to attend professional development training pursuant to state law.

Anyone who fails to complete the training within the prescribed time period is guilty of “nonfeasance of office,” and any person can make a formal complaint with the board regarding the failure to comply.

John Flynn, executive director of Arizona Fire District Association, sent a list to Watson’s clerk that showed only Mike Collins and Jim Bailey of Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District’s board to have completed the required training.

The county attorney may take action to achieve compliance, including filing action in Superior Court. If the court finds noncompliance, it can issue an order to have Riccardi removed from the board.

Other items on Monday’s agenda:

• Banning the use of wild and exotic animals for traveling commercial display or performances in Mohave County. Nothing within the discussion should be construed as banning the performance or display of domestic animals, or prohibiting activities such as rodeos, animal sanctuaries and shelters, veterinarian services or other services.

• Modifying Mohave County seal to substitute the bighorn sheep in place of the elk.

• Resolution to authorize and direct the County Attorney and staff to take actions necessary to clear title to property identified as “Main Street” or “Old Trails Road” in Hackberry to be acquired for a public highway, including the county’s eminent domain rights.

• Review of available funding proposals to address the county’s economic issues.

• Voter claims filed against Mohave County Elections Department.

• Accept recommendations of Mohave Mental Health Clinic contract administrators regarding internal audit findings.