High Desert Daily
(Victorville) – San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops was on hand at the Victorville City Council meeting Tuesday night to introduce the new Chief of Police for Victorville, Don Yoder.
Soon-to-be Captain Don Yoder will take over the top position on June 18th. He is replacing retiring Chief Cliff Reynolds.
Sheriff Hoops gave the Council an explanation of Yoder’s background and experience. “He is a 26 year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department. He started in the Corrections Bureau and has been a patrol officer in the Chino Hills area. When he was promoted to detective he served in the narcotics bureau. In 1997 he was promoted to sergeant and served the communities of Chino Hills, Rancho Cucamonga and the narcotics division.”
Hoops continued, “In 2005 he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as executive officer of the West Valley Detention Center. Most importantly, to prepare him for this current assignment, he served as the executive officer for the city of Rancho Cucamonga for 2 years where he learned what contract law enforcement was all about.”
The City of Victorville is the second largest city in the county that contracts with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for services.
Yoder has been married for 31 years and has two grown daughters.
“It wasn’t an easy decision on who your new Captain was going to be. We conferred with a lot of folks including Deputy Chief John McMahon, as well as Assistant Sheriff Glenn Pratt. Our expectations of soon-to-be Captain Yoder are very high. And I give you my word as the elected Sheriff of San Bernardino County that this was a decision that we put a lot of work into,” concluded Sheriff Hoops.
Don Yoder then stepped to the podium to address the council, “Again I would like to reiterate what the Sheriff says. I have a lot of experience that I’m going to bring to the City. I appreciate the mayor, members of the council, and the city manager for giving me this opportunity to be here. And I will do you proud and the citizens of Victorville proud. Thank you.”