2/9/19 Town Hall summary with Sheriff Doug Schuster at DSCC in Dolan Springs

Guest post by Ellen Reh-Bower, Dolan Springs:

A Town Hall with Sheriff Doug Schuster

An enthusiastic crowd attended the Town Hall held for Sheriff Doug Schuster at the Dolan Springs Community Center on February 9. A packed house included members of newly forming Neighborhood Watches in Dolan Springs and Meadview hoping to hear news of eventual Law Enforcement backup for their efforts. Also attending were residents from areas outside the towns, also fed up with the thefts, burglaries, and more recently, home invasions taking place, with police response taking hours.

Most of us who choose to live in rural areas, don’t expect “standards” established in highly populated, well-funded areas to be met. However, with the standard for Mohave County being 1.57-2.0 deputies per 1000 of population, as reported by Sheriff Schuster, and the reality being just .094 per 1000, there is a serious lack of Law Enforcement coverage, and not just in outlying areas! He has 1 deputy for each 184 square miles and it should be 1 per square mile. The entirety of District 4, which includes Chloride, Dolan Springs, White Hills and Meadview, has 1 deputy, Sergeant Carlos Rooks. Thank you Sergeant Rooks!

With the population more than doubling in Mohave County since 1990, and the Sheriff staff down by 7%, Sheriff Schuster named the culprits; turnover and morale. He explained that it takes $100,000 and 1 year of training to get a recruit up to speed and then surrounding areas snatch them up with higher pay and better benefits and he has to start all over again. The outside areas “thank him kindly” as their training budgets shrink and his soars. The Sheriff said he would prefer Deputies who live here and are invested in their community.  He invited everyone to get the word out, if there are any local young people who might want to get into Law Enforcement, to come see him! As for morale, he has been working on a “new culture” within the Sheriff’s Department that promotes mutual respect and cooperation between the Department and citizens. He said the Sheriff’s Dept. was receiving 6 complaints a week when he started; they now receive 0. He said his Department is 100% transparent. If they make a mistake they admit it and learn from it, sharing all. The Sheriff said his Department is working hard to get where they need to be, and that he needs the communities’ help to get there.

Sheriff Schuster reported that during the 1st year of his 10 year plan he hopes to have a station with 2 live-in Deputies in Dolan Springs to cover District 4. “No promises!” He said he is lobbying individual Board Members on the County Board of Supervisors, for $1.58 Million.

He NEEDS our communities’ support!

Show up (he said we won’t need signs or pitchforks), to the County Board of Supervisor’s Budget meeting, Tuesday, February 19, at 9:30 a.m. Meeting to be held at the main Administration building (the big new building behind the Sheriff’s Dept. on Beale Street. Turn right after passing under the Hwy 40 over pass)

No need to sign up to speak, either, just show up as support for the Sheriff’s plea.

The Sheriff had much more to say about the Sheriff Dept. interaction with the Neighborhood Watch and Posse programs, how effective they are working together, as well as other useful bits of information. For now, let’s focus on getting our Sheriff, who is sincere and dedicated to serving and protecting our communities, the funding he needs to do so!

Ellen Reh-Bower, Dolan Springs


Thanks, Ellen!

Wish I’d known about it.  My DSCC memebership expired and I couldn’t renew online, so I don’t get the announcements anymore and that’s why there’s no video.  Definitely appreciate Ellen’s summary!

Since not everybody has the time and money to go to these meetings, I’m wondering whether emails count too?

And if there’s anyone else who still has a functioning brains and is capable of putting together a COHERENT write up about the COUNTLESS problems we are facing, I’d sure like to post it here!

Tax liens advertised by the County are EXTREMELY dangerous investments

The COM paper just had a full page ad for people to buy tax liens.

Sadly, the County FAILS to warn investors about the RISKS of investing in delinquent property tax liens.

Tax DEEDS are definitely the way to go, but I couldn’t find a single property in Dolan or Meadview.

When it comes to tax liens, you might be better off throwing your money away — unless the law changed.

At least throwing your money away doesn’t involve WORK, STRESS and LAWSUITS.

I think it was 2010 when the AZ court of appeals DENIED the investor’s demand for the expenses related to foreclosing on the tax lien property.  The owner paid up AFTER the lawsuit was filed and the investor got NOTHING!

  • The investor couldn’t locate the owner and served by publication.
  • The owner PAID the delinquent taxes after the investor had filed the lawsuit and started with publication for service.
  • However, service is not effective until the notice was published for I believe 4 weeks.
  • The court DENIED the investor’s demand for reimbursement of the expenses because service was NOT effective yet [after THOUSANDS of dollars were wasted on lawyers, court costs and publication.]

MAYBE the law changed?

So here’s my email to Ms. Cox:

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Did anyone put that cow out of its misery or was it left to be killed by coyotes and ravens?

On Facebook in Meadview Uncensored I recently posted about the skinny cows on Charles:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/640301882835314/964913677040798/

A cow was reported as down on Bullhead and I didn’t get a response to my inquiries until it was reported as dead a few days later.

I just don’t understand how people can be so incredibly cruel and leave an injured cow to slowly die.

Hopefully the coyotes killed it before the ravens got the eyes.

Or did anyone around here still have enough humanity to put it out of its misery?

I would have called 911 and have the sheriff come out to shoot it.   I’ve seen court cases over similar mercy killings with the ranchers suing the people who killed them for the value of the cows or horses.

I’m one of the few people who have to work for a living and I still volunteer at least 20 hours/week on “non profit” activities.  But when I get work, I HAVE to work!

What’s YOUR excuse?

And who got the head?

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Mohave County does NOT care about our fire districts and campaign sign violations

A few weeks ago I tried to look up fire district candidates at the county website.  I wasted a lot of time and found NOTHING. Eventually I thought about this during County business hours and I called.  I was transferred to a lady who told me that the County does not list the fire districtContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Monday 10/22/18 next LMRFD board meeting in Meadview

The meeting is at 1:30 pm at the MCA and I just posted the 10/22/18 agenda and once again it includes another giant executive session. LMRFD had a SPECIAL meeting on 10/10/18 and I posted the agenda and minutes at the forum.  Unfortunately I did not have time to video record what seemed like aContinue Reading

LMRFD chief Tony DeMaio and Karen Jackson v. Christine Baker

On 9/20/18 was the justice court hearing regarding LRMRD administrative assistant Karen Jackson’s petition for an injunction due to harassment.   The day before the hearing I received the notice that chief DeMaio also petitioned for an injunction, for defamation and libel. Chief Demaio’s petition and exhibit: 9/11/18 Chief DeMaio’s petition and exhibit Unlike administrativeContinue Reading

LMRFD fire board meeting rescheduled to Wednesday 9/26/18

I heard that the board meeting was rescheduled to Wednesday because attorney Bill Whittington is attending. The agenda is posted at the LMRFD forum. Looks like another exciting board meeting.   t. Discussion and possible action regarding: Certificate of Compliance and Oath of Office re: Ms. Koeppen. (Board) I have NO idea what’s going on.  TheodoraContinue Reading

LMRFD administrative assistant Karen Jackson petitioned for injunction for harassment

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