Colusa County Sheriff Scott Marshall has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014.
Wishing to seek balance in his life, Marshal says it’s time to move on.
“There are things I would like to do before I can’t do them,” said Marshall, “Forty two years is enough.”
At the age of 18, Marshall registered to vote, registered to for the draft, and became a police officer at the Williams Police Department in 1972.
“I always wanted to work in construction,” said Marshall, “I remember sitting in my dad’s ‘53 Chevy watching Interstate 5 being built – that’s what I always wanted to do.”
However, destiny had other plans for Marshall.
“My father was a Highway Patrol Officer,” he said, “becoming a law enforcement officer happened by accident.”
In 1975, Marshall was hired by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office where he worked many years on patrol.
“I was grateful when I was hired by the Sheriff’s Office,” he said, “At that time, the Williams Police Department was going under a reorganization, and I was out of a job.”
Elected on March 5, 2002, Marshall has served eleven years as sheriff.
Marshall claims his work is the ‘Greatest in the world’.
“It is not just a job,” he said, “I love what I do and it never feels like I go to work.”
Each moment is a reward, he added.
“From the hands on saving a person’s life to helping remove someone from a situation that will keep them from hurting themselves or stop them from hurting someone else, it’s very rewarding,” said Marshall.
“I enjoy helping people sort out their problems,” he added.
Marshall is satisfied with the way his agency has developed over the years; they’ve met goals of attracting and gaining good people, and building a sound reputation.
“The people who work here did it,” He stated, giving credit to all those who’ve work hard for the Sheriff’s Office.
“They are out there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, doing their part to make a difference in this community. We have excellent, dedicated people,” said Marshall.
The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office is standing strong despite the tough economic climate over the past several years. With a roster of over 60 full time employees including deputies, guards, and support staff, etc. it’s truly a testament of proper planning and good management.
Marshall is proud that he was able to manage his department without any layoffs or downsizing, especially when so many other Sheriff’s Offices in the state were undergoing significant cutbacks.
“We went to every call, and we still answer every call,” said Marshall.
Marshall is hopeful for the future for Colusa County as his term comes to an end.
“The economy seems to be getting better,” said Marshall, “but the real challenge is taking care of the drug problem within our community.”
“Drugs will be the undoing of our society,” he said, “I never would have thought I would be using the term ‘Recreational Drugs’, drugs are supposed to heal, not to be used recreationally.”
Marshall has been credited on maintaining the School Resource Officer Program through grants to help provide D.A.R.E. training and assistance to County Schools. In addition, during his term the Sheriff’s Office has revitalized its Aero Squadron, Aquatic Search & Rescue Program, and updated the departments Communication network.
“It has been fun,” said Marshall.
“If there were one thing that I could change about Colusa County,” he added, “it would be the mosquitos.”
Candidates to succeed Marshall will run in a June 3, 2013 followed by a November 4, 2014 general election.
“I wish the future sheriff good luck,” said Marshall.