Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/04/2012 11:50:22 AM PST
Updated: 12/04/2012 09:59:35 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved forming an ad hoc committee that will screen applicants for sheriff and provide a recommendation to the board.

The board approved the special committee on a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Gary Ovitt absent.

On the recommendation of Chairwoman Josie Gonzales, the board appointed Gonzales and Ovitt to serve on the committee because they have served on the board the longest.

Gonzales wants to have Sheriff Rod Hoops’ successor appointed by Dec. 31 but is also pushing for reforms that could include a special election when an elected official leaves office in the middle of a term. Gonzales also wants a policy requiring elected officials to provide at least three months’ notice if they plan to quit or retire in the middle of a term.

Hoops announced he would retire on Nov. 6, the day after the General Election, to take a job with the Washington, D.C.-based Police Foundation, a think tank headed by Jim Bueermann, the former Redlands police chief.

The Board of Supervisors appointed Hoops to succeed former Sheriff Gary Penrod in January 2009. Hoops had been an assistant sheriff for four years.

Hoops was elected in 2010 to a full term as sheriff.

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