OSCEOLA COUNTY - The Osceola County sheriff's department recently welcomed aboard newly elected sheriff Mark Cool. Cool defeated incumbent sheriff Ed Williams in the August election. He assumed the duties of his office on Jan. 1. Cool has served Osceola County for over two decades - as a corrections officer for 18 years, and as a sheriff's deputy for the past seven years. "This is something I have been striving for over the past few years, and I am looking forward to taking the next step," Cool said at the time of his election. Cool was born in Reed City and has lived in Osceola County his entire life. His most important priority is keeping families safe, he said. On Friday, Jan. 1, Cool swore in Deputy Jed Avery as undersheriff. Avery is a 17 year veteran of law enforcement, serving as road patrol deputy, dual purpose explosives and narcotics K9 handler, dive recovery team member, school resource\/community police officer and a field training officer. "Jed is very driven and passionate about his career," Cool said in a Facebook post. "He is willing to go the extra mile to make sure the citizens of Osceola County are safe." Avery lives in the community with his wife, Larissa and their two children.