The Hesperia sheriff's station not only has a new spokeswoman, but Sue Rose also intends to breathe new life into some older programs.


Rose formally took over for Roxanne Walker on Jan. 16, but she's effectively been on the job for weeks, as the station's longtime spokeswoman took a vacation in late December that ran through the end of her career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.


"I had no idea she was going to retire," Rose said Thursday. "She approached me in the hall and asked if I wanted to be the (spokeswoman) for Hesperia."


Her career with the sheriff's department began a decade ago, when Rose found herself rattling around an ever-quieter house and looking for something to do.


"My boys were older and I was staying home all day, talking to the dogs more than I should," she said.


Rose started in the Records department before being promoted to Dispatch, where she spent four years working on the radio and handling 911 calls.


"I love the adrenaline," she said. "The 911 call it's extremely difficult because you're taking a call that's (often) inaudible or hard to decipher."


But eventually she decided she missed fresh air and sunshine and transferred out of Dispatch, landing at the Hesperia station in 2007. Three years later, she's taken over for Walker as the face of the station with the community.


"I think I'm going to work out on the street a little more than Roxanne, because I came from Patrol and it's more natural for me to be there," she said.


In addition to handling inquiries from media and the public, Rose will be the point of contact for apartment owners and managers participating in the rejuvenated crime-free multi-family housing program. The program will allow apartment complexes that sign onto the program to easily evict tenants who commit crimes.


Rose will also serve as the station's Volunteer Coordinator, coordinating with the Citizens On Patrol, Explorer Scouts, Reserve Deputies and equestrian units.


"They will still have specific coordinators assigned to each group," she said, "but I will be the contact for them and to act as a liaison with Volunteer Forces at HQ."


Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.