By Shar Porier
Concerned that a vote to appoint an interim sheriff might be construed as a political endorsement, the Cochise County Board of Supervisors voted not to appoint the current chief deputy to the position in a two-to-one decision Tuesday.
Supervisor Ann English, (D) District 2, requested the item be placed on the board agenda so that a discussion on the appointment of Chief Deputy Rod Rothrock as interim sheriff could take place. She suggested he be appointed until January when a newly elected sheriff would take over the department.
County Administrator Mike Ortega explained that according to the state statute and the county attorney’s office, the supervisors had no time limit set to make an appointment.