New Mohave sheriff's selection set for Monday

KINGMAN - The interim Mohave County Sheriff will be appointed Monday following candidate interviews conducted by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

Supervisors are looking to fill the remaining term of Sheriff Tom Sheahan, who is retiring on Friday after 17 years in office. The term goes through 2016.

Six finalists were selected from 13 applicants at the board's July 21 meeting.

Ed Jones, one of the candidates, said early Friday that he was going to withdraw from consideration. By Friday afternoon, after a medical issue was cleared up, Jones said he was back in contention for the position.

Formerly with the Los Angeles Police Department, Jones owns A to Z Pro Serve, a process serving company, and is a private investigator.

The remaining applicants are:

Larry "Joe" Archie: Lieutenant with the Lake Havasu City Police Department and commander of the Western Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy. He has been with the department for 24 years. He previously worked for the Tucson Police Department. His experience includes working as a patrol officer, helicopter pilot, narcotics detective and in administration.

Wes Bauer: Sheriff deputy. Attended Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center in Tucson and was hired by Mohave County Sheriff's Office in 1985. Went to Kingman Police Department in 1986 and worked his way up to captain in 2009. Retired from KPD and went to Wickenburg as chief of police. Resigned from that position and rehired by Mohave sheriff's office to patrol Meadview.

Michael Contreras: Patrol officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Worked more than 2,000 hours as acting supervisor, reviewing reports, monitoring employee time, preparing weekly reports for district commander. Lead investigator in more than 50 collision and crime cases. Attended Scottsdale Community College.

Jim McCabe: Chief deputy of Mohave County Sheriff's Office and No. 2 in line behind Sheahan. Responsible for overseeing all Sheriff's Office divisions with a budget of more than $24 million. Twenty-eight years of law enforcement experience, including 18 years as chief deputy. Also worked as MCSO lieutenant, patrol sergeant and deputy. Trained at FBI National Academy and Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy. Sheahan's choice for the job.

Douglas Schuster: Sergeant and boating officer for the sheriff's office Waterways Division. Regularly patrols waters of Lake Havasu. Named Arizona Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2010 by Arizona Game and Fish Department. Went to Lake Havasu High School and Mohave Community College. Trained at Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy in Tucson.

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