Although all three La Paz County Supervisors were elected on their pledge to negotiate a settlement with Jim Willet and Yakima Company, and despite Dan Fields being hired as County Administrator for the same purpose, stalled negotiations and appeals of a jury settlement have resulted in a writ of attachment against approx. $10.9 million in public funds supervised by the County.
Former Quartzsite Town Manager/Town Attorney, now County Administrator feigned shock and surprise at this standard legal tactic, calling Willet "foolhardy" and "unethical" (looked in the mirror lately Danny boy?). Fields had previously laughed off Willet's attempts at negotiation claiming "you cant get blood out of a turnip".
The Appeals Court issued a mandate to the La Paz Superior Court on January 21st 2011
With no settlement in sight and the Supervisors approving to hire yet another law firm at the Jan. meeting, the writ means that the attached funds cannot be used by the State, Special Districts, Public Works or any of the other entities to whom it is being held for, essentially putting all of the county services and employees at the mercy of the Supervisors greed, arrogance and stupidity. Naturally, they are trying to shift the blame for this financial crisis to Willet, who saw his life's work go down the toilet and just wants what he's owed.
An emergency meeting concerning the Freeze on County Funds has been called for Thursday 2/3/11 at 1:30pm. The location of the hearing is the La Paz County Superior Court Room.