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County to discuss allegations of cover-up, corruption

November 30, 2018

KINGMAN — Allegations of a cover-up and corruption on a Mohave Valley construction project goes before the county supervisors Monday.

District 3 Sup. Buster Johnson will ask the board to direct staff to obtain and release all backup documents and exhibits within 30 days concerning an investigation into employee complaints regarding the development services and building department operations.

Johnson, of Lake Havasu City, asked for the backup documents after the Aug. 20 board meeting but was told by the Arizona County Insurance Pool that they would not release the entire report to the board.

That ruling infuriated Johnson.

The county pays ACIP more than $1.8 million a year and the supervisors have the right to view the entire investigative report, Johnson argued.

A development services employee alleges that county officials acted inappropriately with regards to certain construction projects, County Manager Mike Hendrix said.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Ryan Esplin said the development services employee accused the county employees of

cover-up and corruption in a construction project in Mohave Valley. Shortly after the accusation was made, an investigation began into the complaint to determine its validity.

Esplin added that the investigative report was provided to the county supervisors in an executive session at the Aug. 20 board meeting, but Johnson said he wanted the entire report including supporting backup documents.

Esplin would not provide details of the corruption, the construction project or the employees involved. The civil attorney did add that there is more than one issue involved in the compliant, not just the unspecified Mohave Valley construction project.

The supervisors may decide whether or not to release the report that was provided to them at the Aug. 20 meeting, or if they obtain the backup documents, to release the entire report to the public.

The supervisors will hold the board meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the county administration building at 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman.

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