We had heard late last week that Ron Cochran decided to go out a month or so early. Well, it happened. January 23 was his last day. It was announced late on the 22nd. No party, no nothing.
Now we shall see if he keeps his word about spilling all the beans during his depo. I’m sure there are some having sleepless nights.
It will be interesting to see who takes his place. My sources say it will be Dicus. I think it will depend on when McMahon is planning on retiring. If it is before the end of the current term, it very well could be Dicus. But if he plans to seek re-election, he’s got time to let Dicus really get his feet wet as a DC and prove his loyalty.
I don’t know Dicus, but I did work with his father. As a matter of fact it was Dick who was one of the big reasons I left the department. They say fruit does not fall too far from the tree, so I can’t say the prospect of a Sheriff Dicus excites me.
I would much rather see someone like Keith Bushey be appointed to finish out a term or elected to a single term. Someone needs to be the surgeon and cut out the cancers division by division and then hand over the cancer-free department to yet someone else from the outside–a respected police chief or high-ranking sheriff’s official from another department.
I believe that McMahon’s heart is in the right place but the WVDC promotion and the GJ situation shows there are too many bonds that cannot be broken. The department needs a “take no prisoners” leader for a couple of years to get rid of all of those who cannot do the job because they were promoted without adequate vetting and experience.
Anyway, we shall see what happens over the next few months. I don’t think McMahon is going anywhere until he decides it is time to retire. I don’t expect the FBI probe to go much higher than sergeant.
Update: Here is the memo announcing his retirement. Click to enlarge.