The Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Assistant Sheriff Rod Hoops to serve as Sheriff and fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Gary Penrod, who will retire this Saturday, January 31st. Hoops, a resident of Highland, has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the police chief of Rancho Cucamonga, Loma Linda, and Grand Terrace. He has held numerous leadership positions in various areas in the Sheriff’s Department, and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Cal State Fullerton. Hoops, who Penrod endorsed for the position, described himself as “firm, compassionate, and fair” and said his top priority during these tough economic times would be to carefully manage the Sheriff’s Department’s funding and resources. Hoops will become Sheriff upon Penrod’s retirement on Saturday and will be formally sworn in on Tuesday, February 3rd. Last Tuesday, the board also formally honored Penrod for serving 14 years as Sheriff and 37 years in the Sheriff’s Department. Penrod told the board, “Thanks to all of you for your support of public safety. It’s truly the most important thing we do.”