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Rowle Simmons named chairman of Yavapai County Supervisors board

During Monday's meeting in Cotton-wood, Yavapai County Supervisors voted 4-0, with Supervisor Jack Smith absent, to appoint Supervisor Rowle Simmons as chairman and Supervisor Craig Brown as vice-chairman of the board for the 2014 session.

Supervisor Chip Davis held the chairman position for 2013, with Simmons acting as vice-chairman.

"I intend on maintaining the same style and approach that Chip Davis has done," Simmons said.

"Having been a three-term mayor, (the chairman position) is very similar to being mayor. So, I'll enjoy it; I'll enjoy the challenge. We've got a lot going on here."

While voters elect supervisors to the board, the members appoint the chairman and vice-chairman themselves, Davis said. Chairmen serve a one-year term.

"As vice-chair, I will be helping Rowle in anyway I possibly can. I'm going to be his backup, more or less," Brown said. "We're getting ready for budget season again. We've got a lot going on - it may be Christmas but we are still working here at the county."

The supervisors all are equal in their power and responsibilities; however, the chair and vice-chair have a few added duties such as signing documents, working with contracts, and keeping open communication between the board and staff members.

"The board does act as a team," Davis said. "The chairman takes on additional responsibilities, but decisions, the direction of the county, budget, and policy all remain with the board as a body."

The two new chairmen will begin their service on Jan. 1.

"You have to approve the agenda, but if three of us disagree with something you have on the agenda, we can overrule you," Supervisor Tom Thurman said jokingly to Simmons.

"I've been down that road. This is not my first rodeo," Simmons retorted, laughing.

Also during the meeting, supervisors announced that board attorney Dave Hunt will be retiring after 16 years of service to the county. Deputy County Attorney Jack Fields will be taking over Hunt's duties full-time beginning Jan. 1.

In other business, supervisors:

• Tabled a consent agenda item regarding approval of the Pioneer Recreational Facilities Agreement between the county and City of Prescott;

• Awarded contracts 4-0 to Paramount Petroleum Corp., Western Emulsions Inc., and Wright Asphalt Products Co. LLC for the supply and delivery of liquid asphalt products in Yavapai County;

• Declined 4-0 a request by the Justice of the Peace in Seligman to send a court clerk to the Limited Jurisdiction New Judge's Orientation in Phoenix at a cost of $3,134;

• Authorized 4-0 the county treasurer's office to pay overtime to exempt employees for refund activities related to the corrected tax bills for the Minimum School Tax.

Board meetings will go dark for the next two weeks in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays. The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Board of Supervisors is set for 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 Fair St., Prescott.

Follow Tamara Sone on Twitter @PDCtsone.

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