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7/6/2014 6:00:00 AM
Four show interest in replacing Sheahan
Supervisors will begin process of appointing new sheriff Monday
Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan
Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Choosing someone to take over the reins of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office will be the hot topic Monday at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting.

And while that person won't actually be named then, the board will firm up the process for selecting a new leader for the office. The board will accept the resignation of current Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, effective Aug. 1, which will free it up to begin considering a replacement.

So far, the candidates who have submitted letters of interest to the board for Sheahan's position are Jim McCabe, Wes Bauer, Ed Jones and Neal Hickerson. Sheahan announced in June that he would be retiring Aug. 1 after 33 years with the sheriff's office, more than 17 as a sheriff. He will be relocating to the Phoenix area to be closer to family.

Although it will be the first time for new District 3 Supervisor Jean Bishop to choose a replacement for a county official, she believes she is up to the challenge because of her 30 years in law enforcement. Bishop worked for the Kingman Police Department and Mohave County Sheriff's Office, and was Cerbat Precinct constable before being named supervisor.

"I absolutely feel comfortable doing this," said Bishop, noting a good sheriff has pride, guts and integrity. "I know what law enforcement in Mohave County does and how it works. Being a sheriff is a really important job in the county and I hope all the supervisors will take the time to look at all the applications we get for it."

Whoever inherits Sheahan's position will oversee a budget of roughly $24 million, 275 full-time employees and more than 100 volunteers. The numbers include 96 fulltime certified deputies, 135 personnel in the jail who supervise more than 500 inmates, and 14 dispatchers. The remaining employees are classified as civilian personnel.

Hickerson, 55, of Golden Valley, said he is running against incumbent Mike Cobb for Kingman Precinct constable but decided to throw his hat in the ring for sheriff when the position opened. Hickerson joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 1981 as a deputy sheriff and retired after 12 years because of injuries received in the line of duty.

He worked at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif., from 1996 to 1999, helping to organize the new campus police department. Hickerson was assigned to the 2/23 Marines in 2008 for a year, teaching police skills to Marines before they deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He and his wife, Mary, moved here in 2004.

"I think I can do a good job and bring better ideas to the sheriff's office, especially coming from a bigger department in Los Angeles," said Hickerson, noting he would like to see pay raises, more shift rotation, additional training and an extensive reserve program. "I love this area and this is my way of giving back to the people in this community."

Jones, 62, said he is seeking the office because he wants to see changes in how department employees respond to each other and the public. Jones owns A2Z Proserve and is president of Interstate Investigations. Jones also worked 20 years for the Los Angeles Police Department and 10 years for Southern Pacific Railroad. He and his wife, Shirley, moved here in 2004.

"As a sheriff, you have to stick up for your people and instill the feeling that 'my chief has my back and will cover me,'" said Jones. "And I want my people to be aggressive and make our neighborhoods safer. We need to have the confidence of the community. I'm going to be out on patrol and not sitting in an ivory tower. I'm holding everyone accountable and may have to sweep house."

McCabe and Bauer couldn't be reached for comment by press time.

McCabe has been Sheahan's chief deputy - the second highest position in the department - for the entire time Sheahan has been sheriff. Overall, McCabe has been with the sheriff's office for more than 27 years, and Sheahan recently endorsed him as the top pick to take his place.

Bauer was employed by the Kingman Police Department for more than 25 years. He left in August 2010 to take a position as chief of police for the Wickenburg Police Department, but resigned after almost six months and returned to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, where he had served as a deputy before his time with KPD.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Article comment by: az girl

The Sheriff is the highest elected official in the County and is our last defense against overreach by the federal government. Whoever is screening and deciding on an interim Sheriff must consider if that person will fulfill his Oath or instead bow to the demands of DC against the Constitution. Will he enforce the "law" even if it violates the Constitution? Will he confiscate guns in violation of the Second Amendment? Bottom line, will he enforce the Constitution as the highest and supreme law of the land?

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Article comment by: Christine Nelson

LOL Twist Twist! "Circumstances that led to his resignation aren't publicly known", don't see where it states I don't know, nor does it state a timeframe. I'm an ex coworker, not friend or family, I worked with them both at the S.O. when they were first employed in Mohave County law enforcement.

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Christine Nelson

" I never stated...."

You clearly said you do not know why he resigned that job without even reaching the 6 month mark (and you did not even get the time frame right). How can you consider someone as the best person for the job WITHOUT knowing why he quit?

Friend.....or family member?

LOL


Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014
Article comment by: Christine Nelson

Well now, if you are quoting my statements then you'll see I never stated "I didn't think the public has the right to know why he resigned from Wickenburg", but if you're adding your own little twist in an attempt to stir things up, go for it. I still stand by my previous statement in support of Wes Bauer. I also believe the public will be given the info you question upon the BOS receiving such info. So in reference to your question, my answer is "NO" you didn't get it right.

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Article comment by: Colleen Famoso

"The nature of your profession demands men of courage. In some degree, courage must be found in all men, but in policemen it must be found in a special degree. This is true not only in an occassional gun battle, it is necessary in a protracted surveillance it is necessary every time a policeman walks up to a car which he has stopped, especially at night." Sheriff Robert Tarr
One man with intestinal fortitude can set the ideal for a whole group.
I hope you pick that person.


Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"Circumstances that led to him resigning from Wickenburg aren't publicly known but am sure those issues will be addressed to the BOS upon request."

So let me get this straight.......You have no idea at all why he resigned his job less than 6 months into it......you are "sure" the BOS will eventually know about it.....but you don't think the public has a right to know why Bauer resigned from that job.......Did I get all of that right?

LOL


Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: Christine Nelson

I worked with Tom and Wes at one time many years ago and from my own experience I must say that Wes Bauer is the stand-out for the position. Circumstances that led to him resigning from Wickenburg aren't publicly known but am sure those issues will be addressed to the BOS upon request. I feel Bauer will do a great job. Tom will be missed but if issues with family and health are behind his leaving then I say do what is right, family is always first. Best of Luck to All!

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Hopefully the BOS won't buy into the California BS, DPS ended up with a retired LA chief of police as Az. DPS director and it was a disaster, thankfully a state rep. listened took action and he was sent packing back to Calif.. I was the one who made the call to that state rep.. I am glad I did, Vern Hoy was a disgrace to the citizens of Az. and the certified officers who worked under him.

Wes Bauer would be a good choice, Jim McCabe would be also due to All his experience but, Wes would be 1st choice.


Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: em lee

Yeah he is a Deputy. He was a detective and a captain I believe. And I certainly don't know what happened that he resigned after 6 months. But obviously it could not have been a big deal. Really don't matter to me. As far as Sheehan's underling....it's time for some change. And as far as being a real cop I meant has he (McCabe) ever been on the street putting his life on the line protecting our community? I think not. But if he is named successor.....it will only be because he has kissed the right butts.

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: Terry Wade

Wes is the best choice by far. MCSO needs a new administration with fresh ideas badly. Ask any deputy how the retention rate is right now and they will tell you how bad it is.

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: The skies The limit

Hopefully Bauer is the boards choice -He cares for this community! He is more than qualified to make the changes that are needed.

Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014
Article comment by: KO TAY

Nope I will never vote for anyone from Cali.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Horse Whisperer

I'd like to cast my vote now! Jim McCabe does not seem like the person the sheriff should be backing! I am shocked! Wes Bauer has been with KPD for years and retired as captain before becoming chief in Wickenburg. He was definitely put in a bad situation at Wickenburg and I think it shows great integrity to have left! Ultimately these are the only two real candidates in my opinion. My vote is for Bauer. Wish we could vote now instead of the board.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: A County Resident in Kingman

I do know a bit of the story behind Bauer's resignation from Wickenburg. It was the best choice he made, he doesn't play the "good ol' boy" game like so many do and shows high ethics. I don't know much about McCabe but to me - as a county resident - I know the MCSO needs an administration change! The other two I know nothing about but in my opinion, keeping a local, already Mohave County resident is the best choice.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Actually none of these qualifications matter. Only two things are of any importance for public office in Mohave County – 1) Is he/she a GOP’er? 2) Is he/she nuts?

Answers must be yes to both.


Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: joker wilde

McCabe is the best man for the job. Which means the supes will appoint someone else.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Frank lee Speaking

@em Lee

"He knows what needs to be done."

From the article:

"....but resigned after almost 6 months"

Apparently he does not know that quitting a job before even just 6 months has passed does not look good on a resume'.

"....because he has risen in the ranks..."

And after 25 years with the KPD, he is now at the Sheriffs dept. as what, a deputy? The article does not say. Did you notice that the other guy, McCabe, has been the chief deputy with the Sheriffs dept?


Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: just a fact

The candidates and others from California came to Arizona to get away from California.

Now they want to make Mohave County like California. My response is I DON'T THINK SO.


Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"Mc Cabe is a mistake! Has he ever been a cop?"

Well, Chief Deputy for 17 yrs, and a total of 27 with MCSO. So yes, I'd say he has been a cop.


Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: em lee

Mc Cabe is a mistake! Has he ever been a cop? Sure hope Officer Bauer is appointed. He has spent most of his life protecting OUR community. Not California. He knows what needs to be done because he has risen in the ranks. That gives him a great perspective.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: Don't Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out of Mohave County

Still don't understand what's behind these "resignations" before the elected term is complete. Sheriff Sheahan ran for and was reelected for a specific number of years. When he chose to retire before his time was completed for no good reason, he basically gave the finger to all of us. Then to add insult to injury he takes his pension and leaves the county. I'd like to see a clause that says if an elected official leaves office before his term for reasons other than certified health reasons, death the pension is halved. I suspect the good sheriff would have fulfilled his pledge to the voters.

Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014
Article comment by: az mac

Just hope who ever gets the job will follow the constitution



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