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Johnson seeks support in effort to obtain investigative report

November 30, 2018

Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson is asking for other supervisors’ support to obtain details of an investigation into employee complaints regarding Mohave County Development Services and Building Department Operations.

Johnson said he could not provide details of the complaints, but the information they got during an executive session was not a complete report of the investigation. County officials hired an independent investigator to look into the complaints before telling supervisors about the matter.

Johnson said supervisors should have been told of the investigation before county officials made that decision. Supervisors learned about the investigation during an Aug. 20 executive session, when Ryan Esplin, county attorney, provided them with legal advice on the matter.

“The complaints were serious and I feel like for us to make a decision we have to have the most accurate information and the most complete information and we have neither one and were refused,” Johnson said.

Since the Aug. 20 meeting, Johnson said he has tried to obtain the report from Arizona Counties Insurance Pool (ACIP) both personally and through Esplin, to no avail. According to its website, ACIP provides workers’ compensation, auto, property and casualty insurance for 12 of Arizona’s 15 counties.

At their next meeting on Monday, Johnson is asking supervisors to direct county staff to obtain and release any documents, background information and exhibits related to the investigation within the next 30 days.

As part of his request on the meeting agenda, Johnson wrote a letter explaining his efforts to obtain the report.

“Mohave County pays ACIP over $1.8 million a year,” the letter says. “Mohave County requested this investigation. Due to the serious subject matter, this board should have every right to view the entire investigation. ACIP works for us, we requested this investigation and they need to turn over the documents.”

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