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Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Marshal Nancy Gardner has been on administrative leave since Oct. 23. No information about what caused Town Manager Russ Martin to place Gardner on leave has been made public.

On Oct. 23, Martin said he expected the investigation into Gardner’s conduct, administered by an independent group, to take approximately two weeks. By Nov. 6, however, Martin had nothing more to add. Martin said he knew of the necessity of an investigation “since the few days at the end of the week prior” to placing Gardner on leave and moved to organize the independent group to conduct the investigation.

Cottonwood has moved forward with a plan to adopt a use tax on vehicles and equipment used or stored in the city.

On Nov. 7, City Council moved to issue a notice of intent to adopt the relevant sections of the Arizona Model City Tax Code, allowing it to assess a tax of up to 3 percent on “certain tangible property, including vehicles and equipment used or stored in the city by individuals and businesses.”

Following his diagnosis of a brain tumor, one of Cottonwood Police Department’s newest officers is in need of support.

“Shortly into his law enforcement career and at just 25 years old, he was given life-changing news,” CPD Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said of officer John “Jack” Glock. “Officer Glock has gone through two surgeries since July with the last one on Oct. 30. As you can imagine, the recovery is going to be arduous.”

Teachers, administrators and parents of students in Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District and Mingus Union High School District can breathe a sigh of relief:The votes of the Nov. 7 election are in, and both districts’ override continuations passed with a clear majority.

3,457 voters in the two precincts comprising COCSD, or 60.86 percent of the vote, cast ballots in favor of the override continuation, while 2,223, or 39.14 percent, cast ballots against.

The Cottonwood Airport Commission will be holding a special work session meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at 3:00 pm at the Cottonwood Recreation Center located at 150 South 6th Street.

Airport Hangar Land Leases will be the topic of discussion. The Commission will receive comments from the public.

Never let it be said what local artists do has no impact on the national arts scene: Thanks to Camp Verde Community Library and other area libraries, locals may be featured artists in the Smithsonian Institutions Museum on Main Street program.

The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research organization. According to the Smithsonian, the Museum on Main Street program provides access to the Smithsonian “for small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources and programming.”

Two weeks after placing Camp Verde Marshal Nancy Gardner on administrative leave, Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin has little more to say on the matter.

On Oct. 23, Martin notified Gardner of her status and pending investigation, but would not share further information with the media regarding the nature and scope of the issue in order to guarantee a thorough and unbiased investigation.

Following a year’s respite, the APS Scam has returned to the Verde Valley.

According to Cottonwood Police Department Sgt. Monica Kuhlt, CPD received numerous reports of a suspect masquerading as an Arizona Public Service employee during the week starting Oct. 22. The caller demanded immediate payment, threatening an electricity shutoff.

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