Mohave County Board of Supervisors appointed me to replace the late Joy Brotherton in May of 2014. This was just 3 months before an election that I had to win and demonstrate to the County Board they had filled this position with the right person. I won the election and did so with 72% of the vote, but my work of getting support from the voters is far from over.
I now am going to join the other county officials looking for reelection and run to keep my position as County Supervisor in the 2016 election cycle. Representing Mohave County as a Supervisor requires more engagement than attending board meeting bimonthly. Those meetings are the most obvious part of our job where we debate and vote on County Business. I also serve on Mohave County Board of Health, Mohave/LaPaz Workforce Investment Area Council, Fill the Gap Committee, County Supervisors Association, Designated Planning Agency and the Mohave County Committee on the Justice System. The experiences I have in this County have been invaluable in allowing me to hit the ground running while taking on all these new duties.
My decades of residency in this County and raising my daughters here while completing my career goals have given me a complete perspective of the needs of our citizens. Of course my marriage to Dan Bishop gives me the help and support to accomplish it all.
My experience before I took on the County Supervisor responsibility included over 30 years as a Law Enforcement Professional. Serving as a Peace Officer with the City of Kingman and Mohave County, plus 2 terms as a Constable in the Cerbat Precinct. Also…owning and operating a construction business, a retail shop and raising quarter horses for sale.
I began my law enforcement career as a 911 Dispatcher; I knew then that I had the drive and desire to serve this community. So, I put myself through the Police Academy at my own expense while simultaneously earning an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice, maintaining the academic standards to stay on the College Student’s Honor List.
After completing my “field training” as a Kingman Police Department Reserve Officer, I was recruited by Mohave County as a Deputy Sheriff. My dedication was quickly noticed and rewarded with a promotion to the rank of Sergeant, and placed on the short list for Lieutenant. My special law enforcement assignments include supervising the 911 Communications Center, operating as the only background investigator/polygraph examiner, filling in as the SHOCK Incarceration Commander and then my favorite assignment as a Detective Investigator for the Environmental Rural Area Cleanup Enforcement program (ERACE).
I am proud to have volunteered my experience not only as a Reserve Police Officer, Park Ranger, and Constable but I was also in Command of the Mohave County Air Search Squadron where I piloted my personally owned aircraft assisting ground Search & Rescue units. I did all this while still finding time to be a Captain for the Chloride Volunteer Fire Department.
My time spent serving in a career I loved brought me recognition to include: Sheriff’s Special Award, Outstanding Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Women Making History Award, and recently The Life Time Achiever “Andy Award”.
I have served as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and I currently hold the position of Chairman. I am proud of my proven record of strong leadership and I am thankful and honored to serve as your District 4 County Supervisor. I ask for your support and your vote in the 2016 election cycle.