There’s a new sheriff in an Old Western town, and his first order of business is to ban deputies from wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots.
Stephen Haskell has been sheriff of Sublette County since Jan. 5. The county covers eight communities, including Pinedale, which True West magazine recently named one of its 2015 top 10 true Western towns.
The same month the list was published, Haskell decided the Western look no longer belonged on his officers.
“I had my patrol deputies wearing one uniform, (and) I had detention wearing another uniform. It looked like the Skittles platoon,” said Haskell, 53, who’s worked in law enforcement for three years. “We had a rainbow of colors. Who the heck is who?”
So he decided on new uniforms: black trousers, a tan shirt, black boots and a black ball cap. And you won’t see Gene Bryson wearing any of it.