The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Monday will swear in two new supervisors and on Tuesday will consider forming a special committee to consider options for appointing a new sheriff.

During the special swearing-in ceremony Monday, former San Manuel tribal Chairman James Ramos and High Desert businessman Robert Lovingood will be sworn in as the county's new 3rd and 1st District supervisors, respectively. Board Chairwoman Josie Gonzales will also be sworn in for her third and final term.

On Tuesday, the new board will consider forming an ad hoc committee of two supervisors to review and recommend options for the appointment of a new sheriff.

Sheriff Rod Hoops announced on Nov. 7 he was retiring after serving less than three years in the post to take a job with the Washington D.C.-based Police Foundation, a think tank funded by the Ford Corp. and headed by former Redlands Police Chief Jim Bueermann.

Hoops has recommended as his successor Assistant Sheriff John McMahon. Former San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Chief Keith Bushey and Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Paul Schrader have also thrown their names into the hat for consideration.

Gonzales is recommending that she and Supervisor Gary Ovitt serve on the ad hoc committee to consider the recommendations for the new sheriff. The two have served on the board the longest.

Gonzales said she wants to have the new sheriff appointed by the end of the year.


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