Voters pick Cool in Osceola County sheriff race
'This has been an amazing few months'
OSCEOLA COUNTY — Soon there will be a new sheriff in town as LeRoy resident Mark Cool won the August election for Osceola County Sheriff.
"(It's) very overwhelming, (and) very humbling," Cool said in a speech posted to his campaign Facebook page last night. "I can't thank everybody enough, everybody who came here tonight."
Running against current Osceola County Sheriff Ed Williams, Cool emerged victorious with 3,400 votes, according to Tuesday's unofficial election results.
Williams came in with 2,311 votes.
"Thank you for all of your support! We did this together and I cannot thank you enough. This is your win, Osceola!" Cool posted on his Facebook page after hearing the news.
Having worked within the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years — seven as a corrections officer and 18 as a sheriff's deputy — Cool said he has seen changes that need to be made and that he is ready to make them.
"We need to come together and work together as a team. Division is an enemy unseen; causing unnecessary conflict and undue stress," he said. "I truly enjoy serving and working in Osceola County — without a doubt.
"I enjoy helping people. Wearing a badge is more than arrests and tickets."
Set to begin his new role, Cool thanks those who supported him on his campaign journey.
"This has been an amazing few months," he said. "The support of our family, friends and Osceola citizens shined through to the last vote.
"You all played a huge role; from wearing a Cool shirt to giving countless hours at meetings, on the phone, door to door, as well as being creative in ways to show your support.
"I congratulate you. This is just as much your day to celebrate as it is ours."
Cool will start his new position Jan. 1, 2021.