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Sat, March 23

Board finally ready to discuss replacing unpopular Mohave County administrator

KINGMAN - More than seven months after former County Manager Ron Walker left the county, the Board of Supervisors is finally settling down to talk about his replacement.

The Board will discuss the county administrator's duties and the candidate application and interview process at today's meeting.

Choosing a replacement has been controversial because of the reputation the position earned while Walker was working for the county. Both employees and members of the public accused Walker of being rude, abrupt and demanding.

He was certainly adept at burning bridges before his departure.

In January 2012, Walker wrote a scathing letter to Board Chairman Buster Johnson that ridiculed District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson and Hildy Angius. Angius was elected to the District 2 Supervisor seat in November.

In 2010, Walker requested the Board approve policies banning weapons from all county buildings, requiring a dress code for all who attend Board meetings and installing metal detectors at the entrance to the County Administration Building. The Board repealed those policies at the beginning of the year.

In last five months, the Board has reduced the power of the county administrator's office by removing the ability to hire or fire department heads, eliminating the deputy county manager positions, removing a requirement for a special meeting to be held in order to discipline the county administrator, and allowing all county employees to speak with members of the Board without having to go to the county administrator first.

The Board also changed the title of the office from county manager to county administrator to underscore that the final authority over all county business rests with the Board of Supervisors.

The Board will also consider two resolutions designed to increase transparency in county government.

The first would make it a class one misdemeanor for a county employee to knowingly lie to the Board of Supervisors during a meeting.

The second would require all county employees to reveal all possible conflicts of interest they may have with the county on an annual basis.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. today in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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