Retiring San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops was accused by a former deputy chief of trying to sway the Board of Supervisors to replace him with Assistant Sheriff John McMahon.

Doug Saunders, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/13/2012 08:24:54 PM PST
Updated: 11/13/2012 11:25:10 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Retiring Sheriff Rod Hoops has been accused of brokering an agreement with the county Board of Supervisors to ensure the appointment of his replacement, according to a former deputy chief.

“Recognizing the purpose of the visits by Sheriff Hoops, and encouraging the board to reflect on past experiences with him, I would suggest that a heathy dose of skepticism be applied to much of what is said by the sheriff,” retired deputy chief Keith D. Bushey said in his letter to the board.

“The perception within the Sheriff’s Department, which is just about universal, is that Sheriff Hoops has already brokered an agreement with the board to ensure the appointment of John McMahon as his replacement.”

In his letter Bushey also announced his own candidacy for the position.

Josie Gonzales, chair of the board, emphatically denied Bushey’s accusation on Tuesday.

“I don’t broker deals with anyone,” she said. “He better be able to back those accusations up.

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