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County to discuss who will fill vacant supervisor post July 3

Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith speaks during the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery on May 27 in Prescott. With the upcoming July 7 resignation of Supervisor Jack Smith, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will vote to accept his resignation and discuss the process to appoint his replacement at the regular board meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 Fair Street, Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith speaks during the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Cemetery on May 27 in Prescott. With the upcoming July 7 resignation of Supervisor Jack Smith, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will vote to accept his resignation and discuss the process to appoint his replacement at the regular board meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 Fair Street, Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

With the upcoming July 7 resignation of Supervisor Jack Smith, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will vote to accept his resignation and discuss the process to appoint his replacement at the regular board meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 Fair Street, Prescott.

Smith, who is in his seventh year as supervisor and as chair from 2015 to 2017, has accepted an appointment as Arizona director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development, effective July 8. He submitted a letter of resignation to Board Chair Randy Garrison on June 23.

Smith said Monday, July 1, it took some time to think through his decision. “It’s been an honor to serve Yavapai County, but now I have an opportunity to serve on a larger scale,” he said. “But when you’re asked by the administration, I think it’s time to serve.”

Kim Kapin, clerk of the board of supervisors, said Arizona state statutes govern vacancies on county boards. As of Monday afternoon, two candidates have filed letters of interest with Kapin: Mary Mallory, currently serving on the Prescott Valley Town Council and employed at Sprouts, and Chris Howard, currently manages his own rental properties and teaches tennis at Yavapai College.

State statute mandates that applicants be registered as the same political party as the outgoing member and live within the boundaries of the district. District 5 includes the Town of Prescott Valley and communities of Castle Canyon Mesa, Diamond Valley, Yavapai Hills, Groom Creek, Lynx Creek, Potato Patch, Walker, Granville, Pronghorn Ranch, and Viewpoint.

Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 11-213 B. states “When a vacancy occurs in the office of supervisor, the remaining supervisors, together with the clerk of the board of supervisors, shall fill the vacancy by appointment of a resident of the district in which the vacancy occurred.”

An applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment, a resident of the state, an elector of the county or precinct in which the duties of the office are to be exercised, and able to read and write the English language.

Current supervisors will pick finalists from the applicants and interview them in executive session. Others may be part of interview panel. The supervisors may vote in special or regular session.

Smith said that he doesn’t intend to be part of interview and selection process. “I think I’ll let the board handle that, as they will be working with the candidate.”

The appointment is effective until the next election in 2020.

Also on the agenda for the July 3 meeting, the board will meet in executive session to consider appointment of the county finance director, and may reconvene to take action. Andy Groseta will give a presentation on The Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center; he is requesting $5,000 to support the center. The board may approve the primary and secondary budgets for Fiscal Year 2019/2020.

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