"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.
"I am not aware of what Mr. Bushey is referring to, but if you're trying to put yourself in a positive light for a position of this magnitude then it probably isn't a good idea to begin your plea with false accusations."
Hoops said he did recommend McMahon to the board when he submitted his letter of retirement.
Bushey said in his letter dated Tuesday that his decision to run for the job of sheriff was in no way intended to be critical of McMahon, currently the assistant sheriff.
"I think very highly of McMahon," said Bushey. "But recognize that he does not at this time possess anywhere near the skills and experience required to effectively lead an organization of over 3,500 employees with an annual budget of approximately $440 million."
Bushey is currently staff instructor with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.
Hoops disagrees with Bushey's assessment.
The $440 million budget that Bushey claims McMahon doesn't have the experience to handle is not an accurate statement, according to the outgoing sheriff.
"Running this department is a team effort," said Hoops. "Budgets are delegated to command level leadership, and they are accountable for those budgets."
"John McMahon is more than capable to lead this department into the future." Hoops added.
The largest law enforcement agency for the nation's largest county is spearheaded by men and women that have been entrusted by the current as well as former sheriffs to do the right thing for the community, Hoops said.
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