UPD ATE: Sheriff John McMahon To Be Sworn-In

Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon will be sworn-in at 3 p.m. on January 9 at the County Government Center in San Bernardino. (Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)

By Michael P. Neufeld

UPDATE – Saturday, January 5 – 12:13 p.m.

San Bernardino, CA –  John McMahon will be sworn-in as Sheriff-Coroner on Wednesday, January 9.

Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon

The 3 p.m. ceremony will be held in the rotunda of the County Government Center at 385 North Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino. The public is invited to attend with a reception immediately following the swearing-in ceremony.


UPDATE – Tuesday, December 18 – 2:15 p.m.

San Bernardino, CA – Assistant Sheriff John McMahon will become Sheriff December 31.

McMahon was named to replace retiring Sheriff Rod Hoops following input from community representatives. The supervisors also voted to prepare a proposed charter amendment to allow county voters to decide when an elected county official vacates an office.

McMahon, who currently oversees criminal operations, has been affiliated with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for almost three decades.

The motion to appoint McMahon —  advanced by the Sheriff’s Appointment Ad-Hoc Committee composed of supervisors Josie Gonzales and Gary Ovitt — passed unanimously.



San Bernardino, CA – The appointment of a new San Bernardino County Sheriff may come today.

San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors have placed an item on the December 18 agenda that indicates a decision on who will replace retiring Sheriff Rod Hoops could be announced. The item — Report and Recommendation from Sheriff’s Appointment Ad-Hoc Committee: Make Sheriff Appointment — sets the stage for such action.,

Item 105 — offered by ad-hoc committee members Josie Gonzales and Gary Ovitt — does not provide information about who the person selected to fill Hoops’ unexpired term ending in 2014 might be and hedged just a bit by saying “potentially make appointment of the next Sheriff.”


Several names of a replacement for Hoops have surfaced, including his choice of Assistant Sheriff John McMahon. Others include Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Paul Schrader, who ran against Hoops two years ago, and former Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Keith Bushey.

If the board fails to name the replacement before Hoops leaves the county on December 31 to become an Executive Fellow with the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. , the county could turn to Undersheriff Robert Fonzi to serve as acting Sheriff.

The Police Foundation is the nation’s oldest non-partisan policing research organization.



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