Sheriff John McMahon spoke about his successful win as San Bernardino
County’s sheriff with BigBearLake.net News Editor E T Russell. His upfront
statement of gratitude was of how very humbled he was that the voters of County
elected him to fill the shoes as their sheriff once again. A great support has
been accredited to Sheriff McMahon and the department, in the Big Bear Valley
for the manhunt and apprehension of Dorner, in February 2013. He acknowledged
that Captain Tom Bradford and his Big Bear Lake Deputies, who acted as
professional law enforcement officers are to be commended, too.
John McMahon was appointed Sheriff-Coroner of San Bernardino County by the
Board of Supervisors on December 31, 2012. He is known for his tough-on-crime philosophy and a soup-to-nuts knowledge of the law
enforcement strategies to keep our neighborhoods, schools, and businesses safe.
McMahon began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s
Department in 1985 as a patrol deputy at the Needles Police/Sheriff’s Station.
When promoted to sergeant in November 1994, he was assigned supervisory
positions in the Detentions and Corrections, Patrol, and Administrative Support
The twenty-nine years of being a member of the ‘premier’ law enforcement,
San Bernardino County Sheriff Department commented that the years have been
like a brotherhood, a common bond of fellow officers, of which John McMahon
treasures. Identifying what’s right and
knowing the law with continuously learning seems to keep him on his toes.
Sheriff John McMahon has been focusing on the HOPE PROJECT, that has
been organized to help the homeless and the difficulties facing homeless
children. The Sheriff’s goal is to staff unincorporated areas with more law
Sheriff John McMahon leads one of California’s largest and most diverse
departments of 1716 sworn deputies, 1540 professional employees and 1844
volunteers on an annual budget of 488 million dollars.
He has an Associate of
Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Victor Valley College, and a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute &
University. He is certified as a Jail Manager through the American Jail
Association, and is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police West Point Leadership
Program. John McMahon was also inducted into the Victor Valley College
Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007.
John and his wife
Michelle have been married for twenty-nine years and have two daughters, Abby
McMahon frequents the Big
Bear Valley to enjoy events and has been seen participating in the Special
Olympics Polar Plunge. Occasionally, when there is a search or incident in the
San Bernardino Mountains that requires air-ship assistance; 40-King will
come to the rescue with Sheriff John McMahon at the helm.
THANKS, Sheriff McMahon