Now that Sheriff Rod Hoops is retiring, the Board of supervisors must decide who will become his successor. Mr. Hoops has endorsed his assistant sheriff John McMahon for the position. A Mr. Bushey is also a candidate for the position – as well as myself.
This situation has sparked quite a bit of controversy, some people claim the sheriff has brokered a deal with the Board of Supervisors, while others claim that outsiders are not welcomed in the San Bernardino County’s sheriffs department. Of course, with statements such as these, the tensions are growing strong and factions are being created in favor for each candidate.
However, through all this flurry people are loosing sight of the most important issue – their votes. In the 2010 primary election I received the second highest number of votes after Rod Hoops. That second place victory consisted of over 38,000 votes. Many will argue that this fact is inconsequential, but I believe that is a dangerous logic.
The voice of over 38,000 people, whom a sheriff is meant to serve, should resonate much beyond that of elected officials. Although I am certain that McMahon and Bushey are more than capable, the role of sheriff is not merely a title but a nod of consent from the people.
In fact, it is not merely the voice of these 38,000 people that should be upheld but also that of over 375 people who’ve signed a newly created petition online in support of preserving said consent – or the over 70 people who drove out from across the county to come support the very same cause at the Nov. 27th Board of Supervisors meeting.
This trend of the sheriff handpicking his replacement needs to stop – not because of the candidates, or emotions, or politics – but rather to give justice to the will of the people.