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Supervisors not ready for security specialist

PRESCOTT - In its first 2014 meeting of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, with newly appointed Chairman Rowle Simmons at the helm, the board balked at creating a position responsible for building security.

During the meeting supervisors approved, 5-1, with Supervisor Jack Smith dissenting, holding off on approving a new job description for the county - Security Systems Field Specialist II.

According to a staff report, the position is being created to support the security systems at the Juvenile Justice Center and other secure facilities such as courthouses, jail and sheriff's office substations. The position would also provide after-hours support.

"When we make investments in facilities, they should be much more efficient," Supervisor Chip Davis said. "When we are building buildings where we have to hire somebody just to understand the lock system, I think that is not an efficient system."

The center's computerized security system is maintained and serviced through a company out of Tucson, according to MIS director Michael Holmes.

With the county reaching the end of the system's warranty, the security company's customer service has dropped off, making it difficult to get repairs and/or support, Presiding Yavapai County Judge David L. Mackey said.

"Why did we buy a system that has its closest representation in Tucson and why did we buy a system that nobody knows how to run," Davis asked.

"That I cannot answer," Holmes replied.

Due to the complicated technology of the system, it is not possible for the doors to be revamped for use with a normal key, Holmes said.

"If we could go back to skeleton keys we'd be happy, but I don't see us going back in that direction," Mackey said.

By creating the position, $40,000 would need to be transferred from the county's temporary wages fund to the regular salary fund - money that was not budgeted.

Supervisors postponed approving the decision until their next meeting in February, to allow MIS and the facilities department to investigate all possible options in rectifying the problem.

"I'd like to be convinced that we have a well thought out solution and not a knee-jerk, band-aid fix," Davis said. "It does sound like a nightmare, but it seems like one we should get our hands around."

Also during the meeting, Yarnell Recovery Group chairman Chuck Tidey gave supervisors an update on the town's rebuilding efforts.

So far, 14 percent of the 127 homes that burned down are under reconstruction, Tidey said. Five homes have received their certificates of occupation with four more being approved this week.

"We wouldn't be this far if it wasn't for you guys," Tidey said. "The cohesiveness of the work between all of us is why we are so far along."

In other business, supervisors:

• Approved, 5-0, the authorization for a contract for professional services between the county and Atkins North America, Inc. for the design of the Montezuma Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Project, not to exceed $88,000;

• Tabled the request for approval to repeal and replace the Yavapai County Roadway Development Fee Ordinance 2006-1 to accommodate changes in the ordinance until a later date;.

• Accepted the resignation of Yavapai County Flood Control District Director Charlie Cave, effective Feb. 1, 2014.

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