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By Marlana Smith
Cole Hinshaw, a Republican candidate running for Shelby County Sheriff announced on Wednesday, July 8 on social media he will be withdrawing from the race.
Hinshaw has taken a job with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Hinshaw started in law enforcement in August of 2008.
Hinshaw worked for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department serving as a sergeant and the Macon Police Department as a corporal. Cole worked part time for the Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force and the Monroe City Police Department.
Hinshaw currently works for the Shelbina Police Department as the assistant chief. His official last day is August 1. He has been employed there since January of 2015.
“Becoming a trooper was my plan when I came into the law enforcement career. I tried 10 years ago and was unsuccessful.
“Right after my attempt failed, my wife and I started a family so the dream of becoming a trooper was put on hold. At the end of last year, my wife and I decided it was time I reapply. Over the last year I have went through all the testing and was grateful for my final offer,” Hinshaw said.
Hinshaw will be attending Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy in August.
Sergeant Eric Brown Troop B said, “As soon as someone is to walk through the doors at the academy, they are officially a paid member of the highway patrol.”
Brown also said the academy is a 25-week program.
Hinshaw added, “I appreciate everyone’s support through. I hope to return in the future to Shelby County and make an impact in our community.”