It’s cliché, but we’re going to say it anyway:
There’s a new sheriff in town.
On Monday Shannan Moon took the oath of office and became the sheriff of Nevada County. People who crowded into the supervisors chambers to witness the event erupted into cheers and applause. They swamped Moon afterward, offering well wishes and congratulations.
Moon’s ascendency to the office is significant in several ways, not least of which is that it’s been 20 years since we’ve had a new sheriff.
This is Moon’s home. She’s no stranger to this county. Our community knows Shannan Moon, but it hasn’t yet had the chance to meet Sheriff Moon.
We’ll get that chance over the next few months.
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Moon said during her campaign that she wanted a strategic plan for the Sheriff’s Office. That document should be public.
This strategic plan is one way we’ll learn about the new sheriff. We hope it will provide insight into the inner workings of our Sheriff’s Office, which includes patrol, the 911 dispatch center, juvenile hall, coroner duties, officer training, hiring, retention, as well as legislative goals.
Moon’s take on those operations will show us much about the direction her office will take.
A public session involving the sheriff and Nevada County Board of Supervisors would help as well. The supervisors hold their annual workshop this month. Moon should have a spot on their agenda.
Does the sheriff need more money for additional deputies? What about an update on the body cameras?
Moon might not have all the answers, or know exactly what her office will need by then. That doesn’t negate the need for open discussion between her and supervisors about her office’s next steps.
Such a meeting also could be a good chance for residents to