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Sheriff Rod Hoops (Ret.)

A 34-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBSD) in Southern California, Rod Hoops served as Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator from 2009 until his retirement in December 2012.

The SBSD serves over two million residents in an area of over 22,000 square miles—the largest geographical county in the contiguous 48 states—providing municipal policing services to fourteen cities and operating one of the largest county correctional facilities in the country.

As sheriff, Hoops increased the diversity and educational achievement levels of command staff, and instituted a shared-leadership strategy to empower decision making by commanders at the local level. During his tenure as sheriff, and despite recent budget contractions throughout California, the SBSD operated under budget without having to downsize agency staff.

Over the course of his 34-year career, Hoops served as the assistant sheriff overseeing SBSD operations and as chief and deputy chief of police in numerous cities served by the department. From 2008 to 2009, he was chairman of the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (LA-HIDTA). 

Hoops holds a masters in public administration and bachelors in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton, and is a graduate of the California Command College.

Sheriff Hoops (ret.) can be reached directly at: rhoops@policefoundation.org