The People’s


Sheriff John McMahon spoke about his successful win as San Bernardino County’s sheriff with 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 Bureaus.  



            Sheriff John McMahon             

San Bernardino County Sheriff JOHN McMAHON

Flanked by FBI, Big Bear Lake

Sheriff & Detectives, numerous Press  

2013 Dorner Manhunt           



(2018)    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 enforcement officers.

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 and Ally. 

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