Supervisors approve fee for sheriff’s office program

November 8, 2018

KINGMAN — Mohave County approved implementing a fee for a new sheriff’s office program.

The supervisors voted 4-1 to add a $50 fee to fund the Sheriff’s Labor Adjudication Program. The program was approved in July as an alternative to incarcerating low-risk, non-violent offenders.

SLAP began in August and about 40 offenders have been sentenced through the program instead of serving time in jail. Low-risk crimes include theft, shoplifting, property and traffic related crimes, Sheriff Doug Schuster said.

District 3 Sup. Buster Johnson opposed the program, arguing that someone who does the crime should do the time in jail.

Schuster said the program would reduce overcrowding at the jail and the taxpayers’ cost for incarcerating offenders. The average sentence for low-risk offenders is between one to six weeks, Schuster said.

In other action, the supervisors voted Monday to change the fee schedule for Davis Camp and Hualapai Mountain Park. The changes to the fee schedule would take effect Jan. 1. The aging infrastructure for 70-year-old Davis Camp and Hualapai Mountain Park have strained the parks department’s maintenance budget.

The board also approved sending a letter of action to the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District, addressing improper use of public money to defend MVIDD board members. In July, the MVIDD board overturned a resolution banning the transfer of water outside the district’s boundaries.

The supervisors met in executive session to get an update on the status of a 2016 property tax case involving property owners in a triangle-shape, 130-acre parcel of land east of the Colorado River near Fort Mojave tribal land.

The supervisors terminated a lease agreement with US Southwest Real Estate for lease of three suites at 5287 Highway 95 in Bullhead City for the county probation department, which moved to Bullhead Plaza.

The supervisors approved directing county staff to relocate the usable kitchen equipment from the old jail to the county fairgrounds event center.

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