Sheriff names members of new advisory council

March 18, 2019

KINGMAN — Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster has announced formation of the Sheriff’s Advisory Council, a group selected to discuss agency and community concerns and assist in solving problems.

“These men and women are wonderful, community-oriented individuals who have excelled in their individual fields,” Schuster said after 11 people were selected for the first Sheriff’s Advisory Council. “Having the ability to address our concerns using different strategies and points of view is dynamic and impactful and I am continually amazed at the depth of knowledge and experience within the group.

“We are making great strides in unifying ourselves with those we serve, but as sheriff, I cannot fix a problem if I am not aware the problem exists.”

Schuster said he is a strong believer in community involvement, basing his vision statement and working model on providing service in a professional and courteous manner. He said he believes the public expects and deserves such treatment and said he and the department are working to chance the culture at the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Named to the inaugural Advisory Council were Amanda Kaufman, Tom Tate, Mark Taylor, Mike Fassari, Bill Maddox, Jeff Gilbert, Mike Aldridge, Leanne Hoagland Smith, Barbara Ricca, Mardi Allen Benedict and John Werner.

Members were chosen based on their experience and expertise in different areas, such as community involvement, law enforcement, leadership, volunteerism, business ownership and entrepreneurship.