Lt. Stephen Garnett, Sr., was appointed Winslow's Chief of Police in a unanimous decision by City Council Tuesday, Nov. 14. The vote receive the applause of those in attendance at the meeting and he was congratulated with handshakes by those around him. Garnett then had an informal meeting with the police officers who had been watching the council session. The council's other candidate, Lt. Robert Griffith of the Anchorage, Alaska police force was also highly qualified. He was in Winslow for an interview on Monday, Nov. 13. The council thanked the committee which worked on the applications.
James Ferguson of Yuma was chosen by City Council as the interim city administrator in a split vote at the Tuesday council session. He will be in Winslow during the period where the city conducts a search for a new, full-time administrator to replace Don McDaniels who will be leaving at the end of this month. The other candidate who was interviewed for the interim position was Development Services Director John Roche of the city staff.
HAZING CASES HEARD IN FLAGSTAFF
Tuesday, Nov. 14 two cases had settlement hearings with Judge H. Jeffrey Coker in the Superior Court of Coconino County. In the first case, Coach Danny Gonzalez submitted an "Alford" plea of no contest while maintaining his innocence to one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor arising from events of last Jan. 26. The Navajo County prosecutor stated that the county accepted the plea because, among other things, they had never received information from even one person that the coach had ever been told about the hazing. Gonzalez will be on probation with sentencing defining the terms of that probation in December.
In a related case defendant Shane Garnett and his family refused the current plea offer by Navajo County. A member of the family said that another session would be scheduled.