Borth tags local for deputy's slot

by C.F. David

Cimarron County Sheriff Keith Borth reached out and chose a local man to fill the vacancy left when Deputy Bill Jones left.

Though untrained and untested as a police officer, Nathan Cobb 25, of Keyes, has law enforcement in his blood.

His maternal grandfather, the late Gerald Chapman, was a Cimarron County Deputy and Keyes City Marshall more than forty years ago.

It [being a police officer] is something that had my interest,” Cobb said.

“I don't remember my grandpa as a deputy; he died when I was about ten,” Cobb added.

“My grandma Chapman, (Monte), is excited for me,” Cobb continued.

Cobb has spent the last five years as an employee of Cimarron County District 3, his longevity and insurance will transfer to the Sheriff's Office.

Asked what he hopes to bring to the position, Cobb immediately replied, “Hard work.”

He has been out for a week already riding with Undersheriff Larry Taylor, and will eventually patrol the county's west end.

According to Borth, he hopes that Cobb's being reared in the area will make his staying at the job more likely.

“It's hard to find someone to come out here and live,” Borth admitted. “I decided to try this route. He knows the county, he knows the people,” Borth said.

Also, Cobb, a family man who is and has been involved in Rotary Little League as a coach, owns a home in Keyes. That sense of permanency also appealed to Borth.

“He'll be a west end deputy as much as possible,” Borth said.

Cobb still has to attend the 10 and one-half week Council on Law Enforcment Education and Training, (CLEET) Academy. It was due to start this fall, but budget problems and a move to a new center in Ada has thrown the training schedule behind.

 

“I was going to go with someone who was certified,” Borth admitted. “But so many of the applicants were from out of state and their certifications had lapsed, so I was going to have to send them for the full course anyway,” he explained.

The new law says I have to have him qualified in six months, but if they can't hold an academy...” Borth shrugged

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