Sheriff won post in June
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Created: 01/03/2011 09:20:31 PM PST
Rod Hoops was sworn in as San Bernardino County sheriff in front of a standing- room-only audience Monday at the San Bernardino County Government Center.
Although this is Hoops’ first elected term, he already has about two years of experience under his belt.
The county Board of Supervisors appointed Hoops in February 2009 after Gary Penrod retired as sheriff.
Hoops, 53, moved to California in 1976 and joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1978.
Hoops was elected sheriff in the June primary when he garnered about 66 percent of the votes, a margin that made a November runoff unnecessary.
“I’m glad the political process is over and I can get to work being sheriff,” Hoops said.
CoRene Bland, widow of former Sheriff Frank Bland, and longtime Reserve Deputy Bill Betterley led Hoops through his vows. Bland also presented Hoops with her husband’s badge.
Stater Bros. CEO and longtime Sheriff’s Council member Jack Brown led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Hoops was quick to acknowledge the contributions of others after being sworn in. He thanked the voters, the Board of Supervisors, local dignitaries and praised the members of his department.
“This is a team effort,” he said.
Hoops also expressed a desire to look to San Bernardino County’s future instead of focusing on scandals that have engulfed the county in the past few years.
“There are people in our county who have made mistakes,” he said.
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