Field suddenly crowded for sheriff election

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SIERRA VISTA — The once limited field of potential candidates for sheriff has become increasingly more crowded after four more people entered the race as write-in candidates, including Rod Rothrock, chief deputy of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.

Surrounded by about two dozen supporters at the Ladd Ranch just west of Bisbee on Thursday evening, Rothrock said he wanted to wait until after the Wednesday memorial service for Sheriff Larry Dever to announce his candidacy.

"It is because of my respect for him and the Dever family that I chose to wait to make this announcement until after the service. This was not an easy decision for me to make, but one I feel is necessary," he said.

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CJRsMOM on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 5:26am

Whomever wins….you’re gonna have some BIIIG boots to fill. Good luck to all
of the candidates!!!

Proud US Citizen on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 6:39am
Title: Great!

Kudos to Acting Cochise County Sheriff Rod Rothrock! We don’t need a
“politician” to be our Sheriff. Hopefully the rest of the voters of Cochise
County feel the same and will write in Rod Rothrock’s name on the ballot!

BLACKOUT on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 7:32am

He’s not the one to fill them……….

Ken Adams on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 8:03am
Title: Mark Dannels

Proud - I agree that we do not need a professional politician as our sherrif,
however, we do need someone who is charismatic and has political savvy, which
is why Mark Dannels is, far and away, the best choice to fill Sherrif Dever’s
shoes. He will be in the public eye and in front of microphones. Dannels has
had experience in the #1 position and he is who and what we need at this
time. A totally competent lawman with a personality and personal that will
help our county.

azlandman on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 8:14am
Title: Rod Rothrock

I am thankful that Acting Sheriff Rod Rothrock is taking up the challenge to
run for Cochise County Sheriff. He is the logical choice for successor to
Sheriff Larry Dever. He is a great administrator, well respected, and was
Larry’s right hand man for several years. I urge early ballot users to
remember to write his name in and darken the oval to validate their votes.

TRW on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 8:23am

that those that vote for a write-in candidate write the full, correct name so
their vote counts. Hopefully this correct-name information will be published
several times.

Cochise Citizen on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 8:55am

This is wonderful news!! I appreciate that Chief Rothrock had enough respect
for the Dever family to wait until after the memorial to discuss politics.
The citizens of Cochise county will be pleased to vote for a man who already
has years of experience leading the agency as Sheriff Dever’s right hand man.

Realist on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 10:49am
Title: Confused

When you said “we don’t need a politician to be our Sheriff” are you
talking about Mr. Rothrock? Wasn’t he the first one to notify the
Republican Party that he was seeking their nomination for his candidacy?
Didn’t he speak at the Political Meeting to nominate a replacement for the
Larry? Isn’t his wife one of the Party Chairperson’s? Didn’t he
register as a “write in” for the elected office of Sheriff? Clearly you
are confused what a politician is.

Realist on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 11:06am

I used to think Mr. Rothrock was an honorable man. Since his failure to
recognize the legal decision made by the Republican Party it is clear that
not only does he have no honor, but he has lost touch with reality in any
chance he has to become Sheriff. His statement that he wanted to wait until
after the services to make his announcement is a joke. He made his
announcement when he was the first to throw his hat in the ring to replace
the late Sheriff last week in a process he lost. What he has done with this
filing is show his lack of honor, made a mockery the legal process, and
insulted all Republicans. He has no chance for being elected and is just
prolonging the inevitable which is the bringing of new energy and pride to
the CCSO and further alienate his “posse of 5”. I had considered voting
for him should they hold runoff election, but clearly cannot support an
individual who is obviously acting selfishly. It reminds me of the kid who is
going to take his ball and go home.

Johnnsv on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 11:34am

it is not about politican it’s about the right person in the right job and if
anyone read Dannels resume he has done and given a lot for Cochise County. He
moved back because Late Sheriff Dever asked him because once he stepped down
he was going to endorce Dannels. On election day we will see who (Dannels)
will be the right man for the job.

melling on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 12:31pm
Title: Mark Daniels

I believe Mark Daniel’s has the experience we need to fill those BIG boot. He
was in the leadership before and went out and got some more experience and is
back now to lead The Outstanding Cochise County Sheriff Officers. He has the
proven record and can speak up for all of Cochise County.

Cochise Citizen on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 1:11pm

I would just like to point out to all those who laud Dannel’s previous
experience as the Chief of Police for the city of Coquille, OR, that the
population of said city is only 3,850 people(according to the U.S. Census
Bureau, 2011). That’s about half the size of Bisbee (population 5,633) and
0.028% of the population of Cochise County (133,289 people, according to the
U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). He had, what, a handful of officers to supervise?
Chief of Police is a distinguished position to be proud of, no doubt, but it
also requires that we keep the size of the agency in perspective when we
discuss his experience. Food for thought.

Cochise Citizen on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 1:21pm
Title: Correction

I typed 0.028% as it appeared on the calculator rather than convert it to
percentage points - my apologies for the typo. The city of Coquille, where
Dannel served as Chief of Police, has a population that is 2.8% the
population of Cochise County (Only 3,850 versus 133,289 of Cochise County).
Again, perspective is required when touting experience.

Realist on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 3:04pm

Cochise County also has 13 other agencies enforcing the same laws, each with
their own manager. Being the Chief (Making those leadership and management
decisions) coupled with his experience as the #3 here in Cochise County,
along with his Master’s degree clearly exceeds Mr. Rothrock’s recent
Bachelor Degree and serving as the Under-Sheriff. In addition to that, he
isn’t afraid or too arrogant to remember where he came from going from a
Chief of Police back to being a Deputy in an agency he was #3 in says a lot
for the man. My question is when was the last time Mr. Rothrock made a policy
and arrest in the same month? Better yet, when was the last time he has had
to make an arrest? Doing a job for 30 years doesn’t make you an expert.
Being able to go from on top back to the bottom and then move up again
clearly makes Dannel’s the best option. Go review the You-tube of the
Monument Fire Briefings provided by Rothrock and the 20/20 Special where
Dannel’s solves a cold case as Cheif.

Sumtingwong on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 7:14pm

Politics, Politicans, and nepotism. This is so unfair, no one from any party
ran against Dever, because they knew they didn’t have a snowballs chance in
H. Dever isn’t running now, and the only ones we can vote for, are from the
same party, and his cronies. If one of his son’s would run he would win by a
landslide, qualified or not. Just by name recognision and the sympathy vote.
Example A, Barber.

ironmikey on Sat, 09/29/2012 - 2:48am

I met Rothrock at a Republican luncheon last year. His feeble attempt at
cigar chomping, ----- comparison intimidation failed to impress me. After his
staccato introduction “I’m ….Rothrock, 30 years on the CCSO and “charter
member” (my words)of the Miracle Valley shootout” I recalled the phrase “A
Legend In His Own Mind” and I broke contact. Apparently, the petrified
members of the CCSO believe doing time equates to quality, eclectic,
experience and education for leadership. Reminds me of a few federal military
and civil service employees of high rank. That goes for anyone who spends 20
or 30 years doing the same thing in the same place -regardless of how
“groomed” the current candidate is. I can’t believe that in this day and age
candidates have to be identified 40 biblical days from the election in order
to “have their names printed on the ballots”. Beware “perfumed princes”
regardless of their grooming. For “ground zero” the county’s been mighty
quiet the last few years.

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