INDIAN TRAIL – Following Chase Coble’s passing Oct. 11, the Union County Sheriff’s Office has promoted Kevin James to supervise Indian Trail as captain.
Sheriff Eddie Cathey made the announcement during the Oct. 22 town council meeting. Cathey said although Coble’s death was “very sad,” the support from the community warmed his heart.
“The outpouring of support from the town and from the community of Indian Trail has been unbelievable,” Cathey said. “But we also know that we have got to continue on with our lives and we’ve got to continue with the things that are happening in Indian Trail.”
Coble, 43, of Marshville, died Oct. 11 at his home. He has worked with the sheriff’s office since 2003, according to his obituary.
Cathey wanted the council and residents to know that while James will fill the vacant spot, he is not replacing Coble.
“We are not expecting to replace Chase, but we’re expecting to move forward,” Cathey said. “We’re expecting to do the right thing. We think it’s a positive thing to get this thing done and try to move forward as soon as we can.”
James has worked with the Union County Sheriff’s Office since 1995, according to Cathey. He is also a graduate of N.C. State University’s Administrators Office Management Program and a certified firefighter.
Cathey said James was picked because the sheriff’s office feels he meets the needs of Indian Trail.
“We think he will fit in with the Indian Trail thinking,” Cathey said.
James said he understands that he has big shoes to fill.
“Not only working with Chase but growing up with him, he was a friend,” James said. “I’m looking forward to this. I’m going to try to keep that ball bouncing, just like Chase did. I’m going to be available to you anytime you need me. Don’t hesitate to call me.”
The Indian Trail Town Council is still discussing its plans for Coble’s memorial, but members said they look forward to working with James.
“Chase was our friend,” Councilmember David Cohn said. “He was a friend of the whole town. We’re welcoming you with open arms… There’s a genuine love in this town for the sheriff’s department and respect that we have for you guys… Instead of having these huge expectations of what Chase used to do, we’re sure you have your own special things that you can do for the town and we just welcome you with open arms and we’re glad that you’re here.”