Supervisors approve lease for probation department

July 4, 2018 GMT

KINGMAN — Mohave County supervisors on Monday approved a lease agreement in Bullhead City to house the county probation office.

The lease is for a 6,982-square-foot building at the Bullhead Plaza, 967 Hancock Road, Suite 25. The lease is for five years at $5,320 a month.

District 3 Sup. Buster Johnson voted against the lease, asking why the county doesn’t build a building for the probation office instead of leasing. He also questioned why there will be a gym in the building.

Chief Probation Officer Alan Palomino said there are 19 employees in the Bullhead City office with the potential for 21 employees. The former site was no longer acceptable and the new building is closer to the courts and other county buildings.

District 2 Sup. Hildy Angius said the former facility was bad and there are several gyms for employees located in county buildings in Kingman but none in Bullhead City.

The previous lease for the probation department was in a 4,000-square-foot building at 5287 Highway 95.

In other action, the board presented a lifesaving award to Sherry King, 70, of Beaver Dam. King came to the aid of a sheriff’s deputy who was trying to arrest a driver after a traffic stop on Highway 91 in Beaver Dam.

The supervisors voted to hold a special meeting Sept. 6 to canvass the Aug. 28 primary election results. The supervisors also designated 35 poll sites throughout the county for the Aug. 28 primary election and the Nov. 6 general election.

The board also allowed the county elections department to support the city elections in Bullhead City as well as Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Colorado City. The primary election in Bullhead City will be for mayor and two city council members.

The supervisors also set a public hearing for Aug. 6 to consider changes to the county ordinance. The changes would be more responsive to the local building industry.

The board also met in executive session to review the salary and reporting structure of the economic development director. The board voted to have the economic director report to the county manager with a 10 percent salary increase.