Retiring Sheriff Gary Penrod has recommended Assistant Sheriff Rod Hoops fill the remaining two years of his term.
This morning, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors heeded Penrod's advice and voted to circumvent the interview process for finding an interim replacement for Penrod.
Because the position of county sheriff is an elected office, Penrod's replacement would be an appointee who would only serve until the 2010 election.
The board plans to vote Jan. 23 on appointing Hoops, a 30-year veteran in charge of operations, to the position. If the vote goes through, Hoops would be sworn in on Feb. 3.Normally, the board would collect applications from interested candidates and hold a public hearing to interview them. That process will not be conducted, the supervisors decided Tuesday.