Mohave County Board of Supervisors question eligibility of a building panel member

December 3, 2018

Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson is questioning the qualifications of a Building Code Advisory Board member after constituents told him the member is not licensed.

Johnson said at least three people have made complaints about Mehdi Azarmi, claiming he is not licensed as an engineer. Azarmi has been on the board since 2005.

He is also on the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission, though he has resigned from that position and his last day will be Dec. 13, said Jean Bishop, county supervisor. Privately, Azarmi works at Fairway Constructors Inc.

On Monday, Johnson is asking supervisors to request that county staff show the qualifications for each member of the advisory board.

The board is made up of at least five members, including an architect, an engineer and a general contractor all of which have to be licensed in Arizona. The other two members are someone engaged in the electrical, plumbing or mechanical trade and a county resident to represent the public. In March 2005, Azarmi was appointed to the advisory board as a licensed engineer.

Azarmi’s application to the board indicates he received a construction engineering bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Technological University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Wayne State University.

Johnson said he decided to bring the issue to the board because of the complaints he has heard from people in the building trade. He said he suspects people were afraid to speak up about the issue before but now felt they could go to him after seeing Johnson argue with Azarmi in past meetings.

Azarmi has also been heavily involved as a volunteer in a project to improve the Mohave Valley Park.

Johnson said he did not reach out to Azarmi before bringing the issue to the Board of Supervisors.

“He’s not from my district,” Johnson said. “And that’s not my job to talk to him about it.”

Attempts to reach Azarmi were unsuccessful.

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