Cal Breskovic 301-523-0969The landscape has changed for Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe after an analysis of retirement benefit loss led to his decision to not run in next year’s election cycle. McCabe said his in-office perspective has shortened considerably from what might have been five years more in office.

McCabe said his top priority is trying to win better compensation for Sheriff’s Office personnel.

“That’s my big goal over the next 13 months, trying to get staffing levels up to par,” McCabe said. “And the way to do that is to get the wages up to par.”

McCabe said he believes the best way to make that happen is to have the Board of Supervisors approve his proposal for a quarter-cent sales tax increase. He said he’s aware that Board may not do so simply at his suggestion, so he’s working to have the electorate pressure supervisors with citizen support for his plan.

“That’s what I’ve been doing, going to groups and civic organizations and putting up a power point presentation, basically the same one I gave to the media and the supervisors,” McCabe said. “I’m kind of trying to put pressure on the supervisors through the people.”

McCabe will retire at the end of next year. Through promotion and appointment, he is serving out the term of retired Sheriff Tom Sheahan.