By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 10/13/13, 6:42 PM PDT |

A retired sheriff’s deputy plans to challenge Sheriff John McMahon for San Bernardino County’s top cop job.

Clifton L. Harris of San Bernardino, who last worked for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, said that even though it’s a big challenge, he’s ready and raring to fight for equality and safety for all citizens of the county.

From 1976 to 1990, Harris, 63, worked his way up from jailer to investigator in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department before moving to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for another eight years.

“After I retired, I continued to be involved in law enforcement one way or another,” Harris said in a phone interview. “I think by getting away from it you have the opportunities to see where the holes are and how to better the community.”

When Harris retired in 1998, he worked to get teaching credentials and has taught criminal justice over the years.

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of La Verne. That, coupled with his law enforcement background, teaching and business experience and community relationships with all ethnic groups, makes him believe he’s qualified to be sheriff.

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