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Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 12:01 am

Mohave County Board of Supervisors are set to discuss an amended contract for the county medical examiner and the county’s library director’s employment and continue discussions about the county’s security measures and policies at the administrative building at its meeting Monday.

MEDICAL EXAMINER

In June 2011, the Board approved a contract in the annual amount of $567,600 for Dr. Rexene Worrell to provide medical examiner services. The contract was for a two-year term with three, one-year renewals.

In September 2012, Worrell informed county officials she wouldn’t be renewing her contract in July 2013 for reasons of case load and subpar work conditions at a facility she currently leases.

In January, the Board discussed Worrell’s concerns and voted to begin negotiations to appease her requests. In February, discussions continued and centered on purchasing vehicles and air conditioning for the Havasu-based autopsy room, in which Worrell apparently has been working.

Worrell stated she “can no longer withstand the excessive heat in the autopsy area” in a letter dated Jan. 11 to county supervisors. Also noted in the letter, were her concerns about aging vehicles and the need for more staffing.

Monday, the Board is set to discuss the amended medical examiner contract for Worrell.

According to county documents, the contract is for an additional two-year period from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015. The contract includes a $5,000 monthly increase, which equals $60,000 annually, and a one-time lump sum payment of $36,000 for landlord HVAC improvements. The amount is payable July 5. Another one-time lump sum payment of $75,000 also is included for purchase of three vehicles, again, payable July 5. In the event the ME would breach the two-year contract she would be required to reimburse the county for the HVAC improvements and vehicle purchase.

LIBRARY DIRECTOR

The Board is set to discuss Mohave County Library Director Danielle Krol’s continued employment.

According to county documents, Krol was placed on administrative leave with pay for the purpose of investigations. The measure was effective Feb. 21 and is noted through March 6. The agenda item is marked for closed meeting discussions.

Krol was hired May 2012. In recent months, Today’s News-Herald’s inquiries into the county’s human resource director Ray Osuna pertaining to employee turnover since Krol’s hiring was described by Osuna as growing pains. At that time, Osuna reported no disciplinary write-ups and no disciplinarian actions and said no complaints about Krol’s performance had been fielded by the county.

“It’s a different style of management,” Osuna said at the time. “It’s stronger and more business-like, which was lacking before.”

According to documents provided by the county, there have been 29 employee separations, for various reasons, from the county’s entire library system. Eight of the separations were noted as full-time employees, of which four retired and one resigned. Eight part-time employees included three who resigned, one of which was for medical reasons. The other five were noted as reduced security staffing positions. Thirteen part-time temporary employees left for reasons, including one retirement; nine resignations, four of which were for health reasons; and three firings. In all, there are 105 employees associated with library branches in Kingman, Havasu, Bullhead City, community libraries and administration.

FLOOD CONTROL FUNDING FORMULA

The Board is set to discuss an 80/20 allocation formula when it comes to splitting up Flood Control District Funds to each of the cities after the county is reimbursed for the special district expense. The remaining amount will be divided proportionately to the incorporated cities and unincorporated areas of the county, according to county documents.

The county’s flood control district tax rate is 50 cents per $100 of assessed property values in the county.

COUNTY BUILDING SECURITY/GUN CARRY

The Board is set to continue discussions on the retention or removal of the county’s security station and security policies inside the county’s administrative building. Gun carry issues are hand-in-hand with the security issues.

Most recently in February, the Board referred the issue of the security station to staff. They were to create an overview of costs surrounding current security apparatus, guards and metal detectors and potential liabilities if those security measures are removed, according to county documents. The costs to staff the county building with sheriff’s deputies also are being calculated.

According to county documents, reduction of one guard and that position’s salary is a saving of $28,460 annually. Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan offered to assign a deputy to the building at no additional cost if the magnetometer is removed.

Additionally, a letter from a law firm in Phoenix, who was called on to reword county security and weapon carry policies stated that allowing citizens and employees to carry weapons exposes the county to potential liability, especially when emotions run high, such as at a courthouse. Again, an insurance pool correspondent reiterated the potential dangers and stated there is concern to the severity of a mishap, not the frequency.

Staff is recommending a professional venue risk management attorney assess the scenario.

According to county documents, the county administration building’s security station equipment is valued at about $56,000. Currently, it costs the county $85,000 to staff it with three guards.

LIBRARY ASSESSMENT

The Board, sitting as the Board of Directors of the Mohave County Library District, is set to discuss a proposed Needs Assessment for the county library in Kingman. The proposed project is set to cost $65,860 and the contract could be awarded to Ohio-based HBM Architects, which was one of seven companies to bid the job. Five were Arizona-based, and two out-of-state. None were of Mohave County.

According to county documents, services would include research, analysis, visioning, conceptual planning and design, strategic development and presentations to stakeholders and the public. Tentatively, a final assessment would be presented in July. A team of five would complete the scope of work in three team visits to Mohave County, according to county documents.

Mohave County Board of Supervisors is set to meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the county administrative building, 700 W. Beale St., Kingman. To view a live stream video of the meeting visit www.mohavecounty.us and click on the Services tab, and then select the Meetings in Progress link from the general listing.

You may contact the reporter at jhanson@havasunews.com.

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