By Michael P. Neufeld
San Bernardino, CA – It’s official, John McMahon has taken the oath as San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner.
A standing room only crowd watched as McMahon’s wife, Shelly, administered the oath of office in the Rotunda of the County Government Center in San Bernardino, while surrounded by deputies, dignitaries and family members.
Assistant Sheriff, Ron Cochran, serves as master of ceremonies for the ceremony, which included the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Stater Bros. Chairman and CEO, Jack Brown. Brown is a member of the Sheriff’s Council.
Sheriff McMahon indicated that during his tenure in office crime will be continue to be tackled with diligence. He praised the men, women and volunteers of the Sheriff’s Department, describing them as the driving force behind its success.
Congressmen Paul Cook was among the dignitaries in attendance at the swearing-in ceremony, along with supervisors Janice Rutherford, Robert Lovingood, Gary Ovitt, Josie Gonzales and James Ramos. A representative from Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s office was also present Along with District Attorney Michael Ramos, Superintendent of Schools Gary Thomas, Public Defender Phyllis Morris and County CEO Greg Devereaux.
Several men who wore the Sheriff’s badge previously were also on hand for the ceremony — Floyd Tidwell, Gary Penrod and Rod Hoops.
McMahon, who succeeds Hoops who retired to take a post with the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., previously held the position of Assistant Sheriff. McMahon will have to stand for election in 2014.
On December 18, San Bernardino County Supervisors named McMahon to lead the department. He has over 27 years of law enforcement experience. The motion to appoint McMahon – advanced by the Sheriff’s Appointment Ad-Hoc Committee composed of supervisors Josie Gonzales and Gary Ovitt — passed unanimously.
Supervisors have also voted to prepare a proposed charter amendment to allow county voters to decide on a replacement when an elected county official vacates an office.