REED CITY — After 26 years working for the county, deputy Mark Cool has entered the race for Osceola County sheriff.

Cool, 50, officially filed to run on the Republican ticket against Sheriff Ed Williams, who is seeking reelection this year.

A resident of LeRoy, Cool said it has been his goal to run for sheriff since starting with the department over two decades ago.

"When I first started working at the sheriff's office I thought running for sheriff was definitely something I wanted to strive for," he said.

After seven years as a corrections officer and 19 years as a road patrol deputy, Cool said he is excited to take the next step in his career.

"I've been here my whole life and I love it here," he said. "I'm a strong believer in public service. I have a lot of friends and family in the community and I want to look out for them."

Cool said along with protecting the residents of Osceola County, his goals if elected include increasing relations between the deputies and the public by encouraging officers to participate in community service projects and continuing education for the deputies.

He said it is important for law enforcement personnel to stay up to date on changing technology and types of crimes people are committing, such as computer crimes.

"Technology is always changing the way we do our investigations," he said.

Cool said he is hopeful he will be elected by the residents of Osceola County and is looking forward to working with them in the years to come.

"I have a really good relationship with the community," he said. "I've spent 26 years of my career here helping people."

The filing deadline for the 2020 election was April 21.