Cochise County Supervisor Ann English wants to keep the county payroll big; the taxpayers are on their own.
On April 16, Supervisor English answered a complaint about the big
County payroll by writing "it is my job to work to keep the work force
that is doing an excellent job for Cochise County residents."
Minus the eyewash, English wants to keep every County employee on the payroll.
Can she seriously think she was elected for that purpose?
English's duty to the taxpayers is to shrink county government if shrinking can be done.
In June, English will, in the regular rotation of BOS offices, step
down as chair, and ahe probably doesn't plan to run for supervisor
again, but her "keep the government bloated and happy" attitude means
she'll still have to be closely watched for a while yet.
If English wants to keep county employee on the payroll, perhaps she
could help the County budget by refunding some of her own pay. A
judge in Sonoita gives 2.5% of his pay back, and the Santa Cruz County
Recorder gives back 5%. Each of them makes over $60,000 per
year. None of our Supes would go hungry by giving back a little.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF ALL THREE COUNTY SUPERVISORS
The financial statements of all three Supervisors are online at
Each file is about 3MB, so give them a little time to load.
As you read the disclosures, keep in mind ARS 38-542, online at
A disclosure statement only has to say whether the amount of income or an asset is
"1. Category 1, one thousand dollars to twenty-five thousand dollars.
"2. Category 2, more than twenty-five thousand dollars to one hundred thousand dollars.
"3. Category 3, more than one hundred thousand dollars."
When disclosures say Category 1, 2, or 3, that's what they mean.
The most interesting disclosures are Supervisor Call's.
Item 2 on the form is "Sources of Personal
Compensation." The instructions include "Describe each employer's
business and the services for which you or a member of your household
were compensated." One box to fill in is labeled "Description of
Employer's Business and Services Provided by Public Officer or Member
of Household." Call describes his and his wife's employers --
"Pet Supplies" and "Electric Co-op" -- but does not say what services
he or his wife provide.
Item 7 is "Offices or Fiduciary Relationships in
Businesses, Nonprofit Organizations or Trusts." The instructions
say to disclose the "name and address of each [entity] in which you ...
had a fiduciary relationship." One box to fill in is labeled
"Name of Organization and address." Call says "address unknown"
for "CCCC Casa" and "Cochise Community Foundation."
Item 11 is "Business Names." Call indicates
that "Rycall, Inc." is a "controlled" business, meaning that Call "or
any member of his household has an ownership or beneficial interest,
individually or combined, amounting to more than a fifty per cent
interest" (ARS 38-541(3)). The exact nature of Call's connection
to Rycall, a pet store, is somewhat fuzzy in some people's minds.
Supervisor English discloses that her husband Pat is on the SSVEC Board, and controls a business called "English Corriente."
Supervisor Searle discloses that he is a Director of Western Bank in
Lordsburg, New Mexico, and is Vice President of "Coronado RC&D" in
Willcox. Here's the web page of Coronado RC&D:
Citizens wondered about possible conflicts of interest. See ARS 38-503 at
Its most interesting paragraphs are:
A. Any public officer ... who has,
or whose relative has, a substantial interest in any contract [with]
such public agency ... shall refrain from voting upon or otherwise
participating ... in such contract ....
B. Any public officer who has, or
whose relative has, a substantial interest in any decision of a public
agency ... shall refrain from participating ... in such decision.
For purposes of the statute, a spouse is a relative, and "substantial interest" has a technical definition:
"any pecuniary or proprietary interest, either direct or
indirect, other than a remote interest" (ARS 38-502(11))
"Remote interest" means only certain interests, including:
(a) That of a nonsalaried officer of a nonprofit corporation.
(d) That of a member of a nonprofit cooperative marketing association.
(e) The ownership of less than
three per cent of the shares of a corporation for profit, provided the
total annual income from dividends ... from the corporation does not
exceed five per cent of the total annual income of such officer or
employee and any other payments made to him by the corporation do not
exceed five per cent of his total annual income.
(g) That of a recipient of public
services ... on the same terms and conditions as if he were not an
officer or employee. (ARS 38-502(10))
Having a spouse on the SSVEC board is a "remote interest." Other possible conflicts may require more details to resolve.