KINGMAN — Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson of District 3 voted against establishing the communication director position for the board — or the county, this distinction is still not clear to him — even before he heard about the salary, $82,264 annually, associated with the job.

On Sept. 26, he was the only one of five supervisors who voted against entering into negotiations with a selected candidate. Supervisor Ron Gould of District 5, who some weeks earlier expressed a similar belief — that he doesn’t need anyone to communicate on his behalf — voted yes, along with three other supervisors.

“I don’t think we need a communications director,” Johnson told The Daily Miner. “Especially for this money. Local reporters and radio people are paid around $30,000.

For this money, we could get a new deputy or an attorney. I simply don’t think there’s enough work.”

Johnson pointed out that the county already has a public information staff.

There is a county employee who works on press releases for the sheriff’s office.

“The health department has someone working on their press releases on fogging and things like that,” Johnson continued. “Public Works do their own press releases and communicate via their Twitter account. Parks Department is on Facebook, and the courts have their own channels of communications. We also have three newspapers in this county.”

On Monday, Oct. 7, during the biweekly meeting of the board, both Johnson and Gould voted against hiring Dave Hawkins as Mohave County Communications Director.

Gould never replied to the request for a comment.

According the job description, the communication director will serve as a media liaison and spokesperson for Mohave County, will be responding to inquiries concerning areas of County government from the public, media, employees and management from other jurisdictions, and developing media relationships and prepares media releases.

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JVW

Simon. DOC's never apologize. Only belittle and attack is the motto

Sonny

Is that because they are the idiots,fools and full of hate?

simon1dog

Until you offer up an apology to those dedicated workers standing beside a hot "fryer", I can only assume you're heartless in using fast-food workers to make a frivolous point. Many successful business people began their working careers standing next to a hot "fryer". I doubt you'd even know when to change the oil on one.

HwyRovr

My, God, man! Just how stupid can you be? I have never and will never denigrate anyone's job, no matter their position, who works for a living. YOU are the one I have denigrated for being a complete and total fool and incapable of holding any kind of a position in the work force. And yes, I do know all about fryers and flat-tops because one of my first jobs was working at a Bob's Big Boy in Phoenix where I moved from my starting position as a dishwasher to being a cook.


simon1dog

So now you're saying those folks in charge of the fryer at McDonald's are idiots. You need to drop the fast-food analogy period. You are digging a huge hole. I'd hate to hear what you say about custodians.

HwyRovr

No, Simple, for the third time I am saying YOU ARE AN IDIOT! As to custodians I have long respected their work because without them we'd be up to our butts in trash. All work is valuable, even the most menial done by you.


simon1dog

Howdy, you did denigrate folks working in fast-food restaurants by equating those working the grill as idiots. I think you owe these "grill managers" an apology.

HwyRovr

No, Simple, as usual your comprehension of the English language leaves a lot - a whole lot - to be desired. Once again I denigrated you, who is one step beyond being a functional idiot who has only the ability to do extremely non-complex tasks and I will admit having you run the fryer at McD's will truly will exhaust your capabilities. I use the fryer as an example of a starting point on the ladder up the structure of a McD's and in your case there is no up - ever.

simon1dog

Howdy now takes to belittling the fine folks working at our fast-food restaurants. Nothing's sacred with this man where hate is concerned. I pray that he finds peace amongst what must be terrible angst. For a dog or cat's sake, hopefully he doesn't own either.

HwyRovr

Look at you Simple making your usual ignorant assumptions. I did not denigrate people working at fast food restaurants, I denigrated you because doing anything above manning a fryer at McD's is above your mental capacity.

JVW

Simon 120k for corresponding with rovR's all day. Sounds like Long Days

HwyRovr

Baa, baa, baa goes little Sheepy.

simon1dog

:-)

VA172

JVW. I see you just got named too. haha

HwyRovr

And here comes Squealy! Good for you - oink, oink.

simon1dog

I would've taken the job but not for 80k. If they'd upped the sum to 120K I might have taken the bait.

HwyRovr

What a silly little man you are! No one would offer your 10K for any kind of a job. You would be lucky to get minimum wage running the fry machine at McD's - you are not qualified to actually cook burgers.

HwyRovr

For once I agree with Buster.

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