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7/1/2014 5:51:00 PM
Prescott will appeal Ashcraft benefit decision
The Daily Courier

The Prescott City Council, in a 4-2 vote, on Tuesday decided to appeal the decision of the city's retirement board to grant full retirement benefits to the family of fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot Andrew Ashcraft.

Council Members Steve Blair and Greg Lazzell voted against the measure, while Council Member Jean Wilcox, who previously had opposed an appeal, said she changed her mind after doing additional research.

Mayor Marlin Kukendall did not vote on the measure, as he was on the board that initially granted the benefits to the Ashcraft family.

City Attorney Jon Paladin said he would file a notice of appeal on Wednesday in Yavapai County Superior Court.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Article comment by: Old Timer II

Thank you, City Council. .... As for Blair and Lazzell ... you do not represent the best interests of the City of Prescott. This is a money grab ... the Ashcrafts have already been (and will be) well compensated.

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Article comment by: Kristine Bellmore

This is really disgusting and lacks compassion. I am really saddened that this seemed so planned and petty.

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Article comment by: Not ON the inside.

Yavapai Democrat, au contraire, this an excellent decision! let's not confuse grief over the loss of 19 lives and the greed from their families that followed.

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Article comment by: This Is The Right Thing To Do.....

I am proud of the council for doing the right thing. I am not sure that it is even legal for the them to retroactively grant her benefits. Let it go to a court of law and let it be decided there. That is the right thing to do.

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Article comment by: Yavapai Democrat

This is a despicable decision. And to do it the day after the anniversary of the Hotshots' loss is horrifying.

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