The year 2010 will bring several key changes to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Executive Staff.
Undersheriff Richard Beemer will be retiring after 37 years of service. Beemer was appointed Undersheriff by Sheriff Gary Penrod in October of 2005. Prior to that, he had been Deputy Chief of the Field Support Division, Captain of the Bureau of Administration, Captain of Fontana Station and Employee Services. From 1997 to 1999, he served as the Lieutenant in Internal Affairs.
Undersheriff Beemer graduated in the 31st Sheriff’s Academy Class in 1973. He is a Vietnam Veteran, a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Undersheriff Beemer is credited with reacting early to declining tax revenues and overseeing spending cuts as well as a Department-wide reassessment of positions and programs. These cuts resulted in the Department returning millions to the county’s general fund at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
“We are going to miss Rich’s work ethic and the experience that he not only provided to our organization but to the entire County as well,” said Sheriff Rod Hoops.
Beemer will be replaced by Assistant Sheriff Bill Abernathy, a 31 year veteran. Abernathy was most recently charged with overseeing the Support side of the Department.
Deputy Chief Glen Pratt who currently oversees the desert patrol stations will be promoted to Assistant Sheriff of Support Operations. Pratt received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Redlands and his Master’s Degree from Cal Poly Pomona.
Other notable changes include the promotion of Captain Ron Cochran to Deputy Chief. Ron currently serves as Police Chief for the City of Highland. He holds Bachelor’s Degree from Azusa Pacific and a Master’s Degree from the University of La Verne. Cochran’s promotion makes him the highest ranking African-American in the 156 year history of the Department
Captain Dennis Casey of the Sheriff’s Bureau of Administration will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Court Services. Casey is a 31 year veteran of the Department.
In addition to the changes at the executive level, several changes will also be taking place at the Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant and Detective ranks
“As Sheriff, I’m excited. We have promoted and transferred individuals who will help move this Department toward a very bright future,” said Sheriff Hoops.
All changes become effective January 30, 2010.