Pickens County commissioners introduced the new marshal, Cole Connel, at their April work session. Connel replaces Jim Harvey who retires April 16th after 12 years in that position.
Connel moves to the marshal post after 15 years in the local sheriff’s office reaching the rank of lieutenant. The native of Abilene, TX began as a jailer and has worked in most areas of operations, including uniformed patrol.
Connel said he is excited to move to the marshal post as he wants to continue advancing his law enforcement career and this will give him a chance to head an agency.
Connel said initially illegal dumping and litter will fill most of his time along with some work with the planning and development office in code enforcement. The new marshal said he will bring a philosophy of stopping problems that he sees, such as litter blowing from one home to others, but not ride around looking for code violations. Most cases for the marshal result from calls from homeowners.