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Sheriff’s Department

Applications for Sheriff appointment go online tomorrow

Applications will be available online tomorrow morning for qualified San Bernardino County residents interested in being appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the County’s Sheriff.

Sheriff John McMahon announced on Friday that he will retire on July 16 after more than 36 years of public service. His current four year term does not end until Jan. 2, 2023. A special election to fill the vacancy is not a viable option.

“Although the new county charter created a special election option, the timing of this vacancy would not allow a special election to occur until June 7, 2022, which is the date of the next regular election for sheriff,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The county should not go that long without someone serving in the office of Sheriff.”

“The process we will use for this appointment will be fair, transparent, and guarantee meaningful public input,” Hagman said.

The Board of Supervisors will conduct a special meeting on July 7 to identify finalists for the appointment, conduct public interviews, and consider appointing a new Sheriff to complete Sheriff McMahon’s term.

Starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, June 23, persons who meet the qualifications to serve as a sheriff in California can apply for the appointment by visiting the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors website.

Applications and supplemental materials will be received until 5 p.m. on June 30. On July 1, the application materials will be provided to members of the Board of Supervisors.

Flags lowered to half-staff for fallen Sheriff’s sergeant

Sgt. Dominic Vaca

Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman has ordered flags at all county government facilities to fly at half-staff in honor of Sheriff’s Sgt. Dominic Vaca, who was killed in the line of duty on Monday.

Chairman Hagman encourages all county residents, businesses and government agencies to do the same.

“Sgt. Vaca lost his life bravely protecting the people of this county. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that someday all of us can live our lives free from the fear of violent crime,” Hagman said.

Sgt. Vaca was a 17-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He was killed when a motorcyclist opened fire on deputies who had been pursuing him in Yucca Valley. The gunman was killed during the gunfight with deputies.

“Our hearts are broken. Sgt. Vaca was a true hero and a beloved member of our Morongo Basin community,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe, a resident of Yucca Valley. “Our thoughts, prayers and support are with his dear family during this tragic time.”

A memorial fund has been established to assist Sgt. Vaca’s wife and children.

The County will keep flags at half-staff until sunset on the day of Sgt. Vaca’s interment, which has yet to be determined.

County to hold COVID-19 press conference

Members of the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff John McMahon, County Public Health Director Trudy Raymundo, physicians from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and other county officials will provide an update on the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis within the county and answer questions from journalists during a press conference Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.

All Southern California news organizations have been invited and it has been timed to enable Los Angeles-based television stations to broadcast it live if they choose to do so. The county will livestream the press conference and archive a complete recording on the CountyDirect Broadcast Network at https://sanbernardino.granicus.com/player/clip/5055?view_id=19. The event will also be livestreamed via Facebook Live.

Attendance at the press conference will be limited to journalists and professional news organizations.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. New information and resources have been added and the site is being updated daily. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

Judge rules against release of sexually violent predator into Joshua Tree

Ventura County Judge Nancy Ayers ruled today against the release of Sexually Violent Predator Ross Wollschlager into the unincorporated community of Joshua Tree. Last month, Judge Ayers proposed releasing Ventura County resident Wollschlager into San Bernardino County, sparking massive opposition from the community and elected officials. San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe attended the hearing and spoke in opposition to Wollschlager’s proposed placement.

“I must commend Judge Ayers for listening to my concerns and those of the local residents who would’ve been impacted by this predator’s release,” said Rowe. “Because of the efforts of Sheriff John McMahon, District Attorney Jason Anderson, and the hundreds of residents who attended the community meeting last month, we were able to stand against this injustice. I’m proud of what we accomplished here today,” added Rowe.

The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 22 unanimously adopted a resolution opposing Wollschlager’s release into San Bernardino County.

Wollschlager, a convicted rapist and child molester, was scheduled to be released from the custody of the State Department of Hospitals under a program known as Conditional Release. Unable to find a landlord willing to house him in Ventura County, Judge Ayers ordered the state to look at other housing options, which included San Bernardino County.

However, following public comment at the hearing on Thursday, Judge Ayers reversed her decision citing concerns with the threat Wollschlager would pose to Joshua Tree National Park’s three million annual visitors, the number of vulnerable residents living in close proximity, and the long response times for law enforcement calls for service in the Morongo Basin.

“The judge’s ruling demonstrates that when a community bands together over a common cause, we can make a difference. Because we had so many community members and elected leaders who were willing to stand up and fight for what is right, Joshua Tree residents won’t have to live in fear for their safety. I’d also like to highlight the efforts of Deputy District Attorneys Maureen O’Connell and Dan Ross, and the deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station for their work to make the public aware of Wollschlager’s proposed placement,” state Rowe.

Urgent community meeting Oct. 21 on possible release of sexual predator in Joshua Tree

Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe, Sheriff John McMahon and District Attorney Jason Anderson will conduct an urgent community meeting in Joshua Tree on Oct. 21 regarding plans by the state to release sexually violent predator Ross Wollschlager into Joshua Tree.

District Attorney Jason Anderson

Sheriff John McMahon

Supervisor Dawn Rowe

The purpose of the meeting is to “present information to concerned community members and voice our collective opposition of Wollschlager’s placement within San Bernardino County, for the specific purpose of public safety and awareness,” Supervisor Rowe said.

Today, Oct. 17, the District Attorney’s Office announced it had received a letter from the State of California Department of Hospitals concerning a residential placement recommendation made to the Ventura County Superior Court for the community placement of Wollschlager, who was committed as a sexually violent predator, into the community of Joshua Tree.

Under Welfare & Institutions Code §6609.2, the sheriff has authority to give notice of any impending release of a sexually violent predator. During Monday’s meeting, the Sheriff’s Department will summarize the court proceedings to date, as well as those subsequently scheduled, while informing the public regarding options available to the community.

The meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Club, 6225 Sunburst St. in Joshua Tree.

 

20th Anniversary of the San Bernardino County PRCA Sheriff’s Rodeo

It’s time to dust off your boots and hats for the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the San Bernardino County PRCA Sheriff’s Rodeo scheduled for September 27th – 29th at Glen Helen Park in Devore.

Are you rodeo ready?

Go to a local Boot Barn, purchase two Wrangler products and receive your “FREE” voucher to Friday or Sunday’s performance and redeem your ticket at the ticket booth.

For more information www.sheriffsrodeo.com – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @SheriffsRodeo    #SheriffsRodeo

Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement Unit heroes to be featured Sunday on NBC

Sunday night, after the Sunday Night NFL Game on NBC Channel 4, Corporal Travis Vessells, Deputy Brian Weck, and Deputy William “Billy” Poe of the Colorado River Station’s – Marine Enforcement Unit will be recognized as the “Roggin’s Hero: Heroes of the Night” on Fred Roggin’s show, “The Challenge.”

NBC chose these three individuals from our Sheriff’s Department for their continued efforts in seeking out individuals operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Our Marine Enforcement Unit annually leads the state in arresting impaired boating operators.

Take time to watch and support them for having a Vision4Safety for San Bernardino County.

 

Celebrate Lt. Jim Considine – a hero of our own

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Considine, who was shot and wounded after a traffic stop in the county area of Victorville nearly 21 years ago, will be honored as Hero of the Night at an upcoming Ontario Reign hockey game.

On Sept. 27, 1997, Lt. Considine was a deputy sheriff assigned to patrol and was assisting his partner on a traffic stop when the assailant did not stop immediately and lured them to an isolated area.

Once there, the suspect opened fire on Lt. Considine and other deputies using an AK-47 assault rifle at close range. Lt. Considine was wounded four times, but returned fire and killed the attacker.

Lt. Considine recovered from his injuries, but one of his legs was so badly injured it prevented him from serving as a deputy any longer.

Eventually, Lt. Considine’s leg was amputated, he was fitted with a prosthetic leg and he decided to return to the Sheriff’s Department. Lt. Considine not only qualified as a deputy sheriff, he went on to pass through the most rigorous S.W.A.T. program imaginable and graduated at the top of his class.

At the time of the shooting, Lt. Considine was holding a MAGLITE flashlight which now sits in the MAGLITE Museum with the AK-47 round lodged inside. He believes it saved his life.

The public is invited to attend the Ontario Reign hockey game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 where Lt. Considine will be honored during a special ceremony and given the opportunity to drop the puck. The game will be held at Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center in Ontario.

Click here for tickets.

Come on out to the 18th Annual P.R.C.A Sheriff’s Rodeo

Get ready to head on out to Devore for the 18th Annual PRCA Sheriff’s Rodeo September 22, 23  and 24.

Friday night is devoted to domestic abuse awareness, Saturday to breast cancer awareness, and Sunday to public safety personnel.

All three days are devoted to the best rodeo action in Southern California.

For more information, click here. To purchase tickets, visit www.sheriffsrodeo.org.

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