Published June 5, 2014
By Devin Corbitt, News Editor
The Belton Police Department swore in the two newest members of their team at last week’s city council meeting.
Many Beltonians were on hand to welcome Gene Cole III and Scott Rowe to the community.
Cole is a native Texan who received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University. He then went on to graduate from McLennan Community College’s police academy. Since graduating, he has worked for the Bosque and Erath County Sheriff’s Offices, totaling three years.
“Gene Cole was already certified, so he had a few years experience, good background, and we felt he would be a good edition bringing the experience in,” Police Chief Gene Ellis said. “He’s the first experienced officer that I’ve hired in the past five years.”
Rowe spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as a Military Police K-9 Officer before finding his way to Texas. He graduated from the Navarro College Police Academy last month and has since passed the state licensing exam. This will be his first position in a civilian law enforcement agency.
“I’m very excited,” Rowe said. “Belton has a good history, a good reputation. The department doesn’t seem to big, but it’s not too small. It seems like it’s going to be a good home for me.”
Cole and Rowe were chosen from 124 applicants to the two positions available in the department.
“We test about once a year,” Ellis said. “We typically have between 100 and 150 apply. We had 69 passed the physical exams, and then 39 passed the written exam, so there were 39 on our eligibility list.”
The Police Department is looking to fill one additional position in the near future, but until then, the Belton community will extend a warm welcome the two newest editions to their family.