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Tue, Feb. 18

City will hire interim chief

Until a new chief is hired, Williams Police Department will be run by an interim chief on loan from Flagstaff Police Department.

Last month, John Cardani, Williams’ chief for the past 8 and 1/2 years, tendered his resignation effective Aug. 3.

At a special meeting Thursday, city council voted to ask Flagstaff to provide a police officer to head up WPD for approximately the next 2 and 1/2 months until a permanent chief is secured.

On Tuesday, Dennis Dalbeck, city manager, said Lt. Frank Manson would on the job next Monday.

Manson has had five years of experience with Coconino County Sheriff’s Department and 21 years with FPD where he is currently in charge of investigations.

Before a decision was made, Dennis Dalbeck, city manager, outlined two options.

Dalbeck said he and Ken Edes, Williams mayor, met with Coconino County Sheriff Joe Richards and Sam Whitted, chief deputy, the prior week. He said Richards indicated he was willing to loan an officer to serve as interim chief and also willing to assist Williams in its selection process.

“Flagstaff has also indicated they are willing to provide an individual to serve in the position, who will not apply for chief,” Dalbeck said. “His salary and benefits will be borne by the City of Williams.

“The individual the sheriff offered would be free with the exception of daily expenses such as meals and mileage.”

Dalbeck said Richards sat on the committee which hired the previous chief, choosing from 10 candidates narrowed down by the by the Arizona Police Chief’s Association.

“We have to let the police chief’s association know the parameters we’re interested in,” Dalbeck said.

Cary Price, city councilmember, said he hoped whoever served as interim chief would help with the selection process.

“I like the idea of having someone on a leave of absence from the home agency, who is totally loyal to us because we’re paying him,” Price said. “That takes some of the bias and politics out of the position.”

Don Dent, councilmember, said this year’s election made the situation political.

“I’d think it’d be kind of nice to go with FPD,” Dent said. “Both (Flagstaff and Williams) are municipal departments, and we’d get that experience — where some of the concerns and problems are from a municipal PD perspective.”

Dalbeck reiterated the individual chosen would be a temporary hire and will be asked not to be an applicant.

Dent said he didn’t want to eliminate a candidate who wants to be part of the selection process.

“Whichever way we go for the interim position, we can use the other agency to help us with selection criteria,” Edes said.

Price made a motion to take FPD up on its offer to provide someone to fill the interim position and Dent seconded it.

Four votes were cast in favor of seeking an officer from Flagstaff. Councilmember Dan Barnes abstained, stating he has applied for the Williams police chief position.

Bernie Hiemenz, vice mayor, and Dale Perkins, councilmember, were absent from the meeting.

Well consultants

Also at the meeting council gave unanimous approval to hydrologist services and a drilling consultant for Dogtown Well No. 2. After the meeting, Dalbeck said drilling at the site, one mile west of the current Dogtown Well under production, should get underway within 30-45 days.

Council chose Southwest Ground-water Consultant Services of Prescott to provide hydrological consulting services for new groundwater wells at a rate of $95 per hour for principal geologist, $80 per hour/staff geologist, $60 per hour/senior technician and $55 per hour/technician. Direct costs for mileage, equipment rental and lodging were also built into the contract to be covered at cost plus 10 percent. In the proposal drafted by William G. Wellendorf, principal geologist for Southwest Ground-water, it is estimated that professional fees will amount to approximately $20,000 per well.

The only other bid the city received for hydrological services came from Errol L. Montgomery Associates, based in Tucson, at an estimated cost of $92,000 per well.

To serve as drilling consultant, the council voted to hire Ranger “Patch” Karr of Barbie Drilling Inc. in Williams at a rate of $50 per hour.

“Karr has years of experience,” Dalbeck said. “We are bringing him on as a consultant to represent our best interests and communicate with the well driller and hydrologist.”

ÒKarr will be on site when necessary to review logs and participate in the decision making regarding drilling methods.Ó

Dalbeck said it will be up to the hydrologists to provide technical data gathering and its interpolation.

On July 27, council voted to accept a base bid of $972,000 from United Drilling of Albuquerque, N.M., to drill and develop a well in the vicinity of the current Dogtown Well. UnitedÕs bid also includes $200,000 to cover contingency items related to lost circulation and other bore hole problems.

Other discussion

At a work session the same day council discussed a request from by Tom Rockler of Red Rock Communications in Flagstaff to consider a lease for the KYET AM radio tower near the rodeo grounds. Red Rock Communications, which broadcasts KOLT, Cool and Eagle radio stations in Flagstaff, has entered a purchase agreement for KYET with owner Joe Hart.

Also at the work session Eleanor Addison, city clerk, introduced an insurance policy offered by AJS Insurance Services in Lake Havasu City, which will cover full-time city employees to and from work.

Council agreed to put both the lease request and the insurance policy on the agenda for the next regular city council meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday at city hall, 113 S. First St.

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