Sheriff Rod Hoops announced he was retiring as the county's top cop on Nov. 7 to take a job with a Washington D.C.-based think tank.
Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors approved forming an ad hoc committee to screen applicants and recommend to the board a successor to Hoops. Board Chairwoman Josie Gonzales and Supervisor Gary Ovitt - the two most senior members on the board - were appointed to serve on the committee.
Gonzales said she would like to have Hoops' successor, who will fulfill the remainder of Hoops' term in office until 2014, appointed on or before Dec. 31, which is Hoops' last day in office.
Hoops has recommended that the board appoint Assistant Sheriff John McMahon, who has worked for the department for 27 years and oversees criminal operations for the department, to replace him.
Former sheriff's Deputy Chief Keith Bushey, who also served as county marshal before the office merged with the Sheriff's Department in 1999, has also thrown his name in the hat for the job. So has Rancho Cucamonga resident and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Schrader, who ran against Hoops in 2010 but lost by a distant margin.
Should the board not reach its decision on Tuesday, or by Dec. 31 for that matter, Undersheriff Robert Fonzi could serve as acting Sheriff until Hoops' successor is named, county spokesman David Wert said.
Ovitt was on vacation when the board approved the formation of the ad hoc committee on Dec. 4. He returned from vacation last week, but it was unclear Monday how much progress he and Gonzales have made in putting together a recommendation for the board, Wert said.
He said that will likely be discussed during Tuesday's board meeting.
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