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    San Bernardino County Sheriff Appoints First African American Deputy Chief

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – The Westside Action Group (WAG) and the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce are hosting a reception for newly appointed San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, Deputy Chief Ron Cochran on Thursday, February 4, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
    The event will take place at the Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Center, 670 Kendall Drive in San Bernardino.

    Sheriff Rod Hoops appointed Cochran as San Bernardino County’s first African-American Deputy Chief, taking the place of Richard Beemer, who recently retired. Cochran, who grew up in Pomona, left Highland to become Deputy Chief on January 29.

    Ron Cochran joined the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1984. A life-changing experience of racial profiling led him to join the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center.

    Community leaders at this event will have the opportunity to meet Cochran and other community leaders who are interested in forging positive, long-term alliances with respected members of their community.

    According to Alton Garrett, President of Westside Action Group, “There is a profound need for the leaders in the community to have the ability to establish effective relationship-building dialogue with our elected and appointed officials.”

    This event is free and will include light refreshments. For more information, please contact Shannan Gonzales at 909-888-0017.

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