California Rifle and Pistol Association
John McMahon with FBI investigators, on right Big Bear Fire Battalion Chief David DeLay,
James Ramos, Big
Bear Lake Sheriff Deputies
and others involved in the Dorner Investigation.
PHOTO: Courtesy of BigBearLake.net Berwin
San Bernardino County
Sheriff John McMahon
The CRPA has
proudly recognized Sheriff McMahon as their Outstanding Sheriff for 2016.
Sheriff McMahon will be presented the distinguished award at the California Rifle and Pistol Association 141st Annual Awards
Banquet, February 27th, in Orange County.
John McMahon’s career began with the
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, as a Patrol Deputy at the Needles
Police/Sheriff’s Station. There McMahon was assigned to the Victorville and
Hesperia Patrol Stations. Once promoted to sergeant, he worked supervisory
positions at the West Valley Detention Center and Glen Helen Rehabilitation
Center jail facilities, as well as the Victorville City Station and Employee
In preparation for a career in law
enforcement, John McMahon earned an Associate of Science Degree in
Criminal Justice from Victor Valley College, as well as a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University.
McMahon is certified as a Jail
Manager through the American Jail Association, and is a graduate of the Los
Angeles Police West Point Leadership Program. In 2007, he was inducted into the
Victor Valley College Alumni Hall of Fame.
With total devotion in law enforcement,
John McMahon has more than 30 years of experience. Lieutenant McMahon was
second in command of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Academy and the Fontana
Sheriff Station. As Captain, he was commander of the Central Detention Center,
the Apple Valley Station, and West Valley Detention Center. As Deputy Chief, McMahon
oversaw the Detentions and Corrections Bureau, followed by an assignment to
manage the Desert Patrol Bureau. Then McMahon was promoted to Assistant Sheriff,
In December 2012, John McMahon was
appointed to Sheriff by the San Bernardino County Sheriff and the County Board
of Supervisors to fulfill the unexpired term of San Bernardino County Sheriff,
vacated by Sheriff Gary Penrod. June 21,
2013, the new Sheriff John McMahon formally announced his candidacy for San
Bernardino County Sheriff and on June 3, 2014, he won in the primary election.
Sheriff McMahon, a staunch supporter of
the Second Amendment, issues CCW licenses to law abiding citizens in the
county. In a recent interview with the Daily Press, it was stated that “Sheriff
(John) McMahon’s stand on the topic is, that if the applicant meets the
requirements set forth, is of good moral character, has no felonies and is a
resident of the county, there’s no reason why they would be denied.”
Recently, Sheriff McMahon showed
incredible poise and dedication to bring the suspects to justice in the face of
December 2nd terror attacks on San Bernardino County employees where
14 people were killed and 21 were wounded. McMahon’s leadership and the bravery
of Sheriff’s Deputies, has been hailed across the country as a success even in
the wake of such devastation.
Married for 25 years John and wife
Shelly reside in the High Desert with their two daughters, Abby and Allie. Residents
of San Bernardino County as well as numerous associates throughout Southern
California, hold John McMahon, in highest regard.
The distinguished award of California Rifle
and Pistol Association Outstanding Sheriff for 2016 to San Bernardino
John McMahon, is a well-deserved recognition.