Rodd HeadIt appears the retirement is over for former Bullhead City Police Chief Rodney Head. On Monday, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors will consider ratifying his appointment as the new Chief Deputy for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
In a memo to County Administrator Mike Hendrix, Sheriff Jim McCabe says he intends to appoint Head as his new second-in-command upon the retirement of current chief deputy sheriff Gregg Smith on Jun. 30. McCabe is asking the board of supervisors to set the new chief deputy’s annual salary at $112,944, which is a savings of almost $18,000 from Smith’s current salary.
Head retired as chief of police for the Bullhead City Police Department last year and was unsuccessful in his bid to become Mayor of Bullhead City in November, losing to Mayor Tom Brady by two percent.
His appointment as chief deputy is a coming of home, of sorts. Head started his 37-year law enforcement career with the sheriff’s office in 1977, working as a solo motor traffic officer and deputy sheriff. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and supervised the sheriff’s office substation in Bullhead City until the city incorporated in 1984. He opted to become a founding member of the newly incorporated city’s police department in 1985 and rose the through the ranks to become chief of police in 2001.
“Mr. Head has an excellent reputation as a senior law enforcement representative,” McCabe wrote in his memo.
Head’s appointment as chief deputy becomes effective on Jul. 1.