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Shepherdstown names new chief of police

December 09, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Charles S. Cole, a retired West Virginia State Police officer with more than 23 years of experience, has been named the chief of police in Shepherdstown.

Cole will replace Cecil Arnold, who said he stepped down to pursue other interests.

Arnold said the town should feel fortunate to have Cole as a police chief.

Not only does Cole bring a wealth of experience to the job, but he is a good "people person" said Arnold.

An Eastern Panhandle native, Cole knows the area well, Arnold said.

"He's very good with all walks of life. In fact, a lot of his skills are better than mine, to be honest with you," Arnold said Wednesday.

Despite Arnold's comments, Cole said his temperament is "parallel" to Arnold's.

Cole said from what he has learned, the police department has been well-managed under Arnold and he doesn't see the need for many changes.


"Right now, I have no floor plan, so to speak, for making any drastic changes," he said. "Any changes I make would be gradual."

Mayor Vince Parmesano swore in Cole as police chief Tuesday night.

Cole will work with Arnold over the next few weeks, and is expected to take over on Jan. 1, Arnold said.

"I'm looking forward to meeting more of the citizenry," said Cole.

Cole, 49, was a sergeant with the West Virginia State Police and his last assignment was at the Berkeley County barracks.

He most recently worked for D.L. Morgan construction company, including at the company's quarry operations in Inwood, W.Va.

Cole was one of seven candidates. They came from as far away as New Hampshire and Florida, Arnold said.

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