Colorado City Mayor Joseph Allred objected Monday as Mohave County supervisors approved a resolution that could see the sheriff’s office provide law enforcement coverage to the north county community in the future. Allred said the vote was premature because it’s not yet been decided whether its Town Marshal’s office will be disbanded.
County attorney Matt Smith countered the resolution simply prepares for the possibility, and that it would be moot if the Town Marshal’s office remains intact. Smith said the Department of Justice is asking a Federal Judge to order that the Marshal’s office be dissolved because of jury findings of government and police led discrimination in the town against non-FLDS church members.
The concept of a law enforcement switch in the predominately polygamous community involves a contract arrangement in which Colorado City would likely reimburse the sheriff’s office for the cost of serving the incorporated community.