My name is Les Cogdill and I am announcing that I will be seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the office of Coleman County Sheriff. The following is an effort to introduce myself to the citizens of Coleman County.
I was born in Houston in 1971 and moved to Coleman in 1983, where I attended school. I graduated from West Central Texas Regional Law Enforcement Academy in 1996. After graduating from the law enforcement academy, I began my law enforcement career with the Coleman Police Department; this April will be the start of my 20th year in law enforcement, all of which has been in Coleman County.
In February 1996 I was hired at the Coleman Police Department as a dispatcher, during which time I was attending West Central Texas Law Enforcement Academy. After completion of the law enforcement academy I completed the state test with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, now known as Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
In April 1996 I began my law enforcement career as a Texas Peace Officer, as an unpaid officer, with the Coleman Police Department.
In August 1997, I was hired as a full time peace officer with the Coleman Police Department, as a patrol officer. I served as a patrol officer with the Coleman Police Department from August 24, 1997 until June 30, 2001.
On July 1, 2001 I was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. I served as a Patrol Sergeant with the Coleman Police Department until December 31, 2005.
On January 1, 2006 I was promoted to Detective Sergeant with the Coleman Police Department and held that position until May 16, 2008.
On May 17, 2008 I was hired by Sheriff Wade Turner as a Deputy Sheriff for the Coleman County Sheriff’s Office. I am still employed with the Coleman County Sheriff’s Office.
Throughout my 19 year career, I have received specialized training in the investigations of murder, sexual assault, narcotics investigations, crimes against children, crime scene investigations, and interpretations (blood patterns and spatter) and many others.
I have received over 1,700 hours of continuing education in various types of law enforcement training. I am also a member of the Texas Sheriff’s Association.
I am asking each one of you for your support and vote in the upcoming Republican Primary.
A few comments regarding myself. I am married to Laurie (DelaRosa) Codgill, who works for Coleman I.S.D., we have three children; Dustin DelaRosa - 28, Shelton Codgill - 25, and Cody Cogdill - 21. We also have 6 grandchildren that range from the age of 8 months to 6 years of age. I am also a member of the Coleman Rodeo Association.