Brandon “Cole” Presley was a distinguished law enforcement officer, community leader, and guest on the Historical Light Masonic Podcast. Born on January 10th, 1980, in Springfield, Missouri, he grew up in Sublette, KS, with his parents Terry and Leslie Presley and three siblings. Cole attended Bennington High School and later pursued a degree in Criminal Justice from Kansas State University. However, he eventually chose to pursue his passion for law enforcement, starting his career as a Corrections Officer at the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
Afterward, he joined the Hill City Police Department as a Patrolman in April of 2001, where he worked as a K-9 Handler and Task Force Officer. In 2004, he became a Sergeant and later transferred to the Graham County Sheriff’s Office. There he served as the Undersheriff until May of 2007, when he was appointed as the Sheriff of Graham County. Cole was reelected three times, and during his tenure, he attended the FBI’s National Academy, where he graduated in December of 2015 as the Class Speaker.
Cole married Nikki (Delaney) Presley on April 26th, 2003, and they have three children. Cody, Paige, and Mitchell are all active in sports activities such as Football, Cheer, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, and Baseball. Cole was also an active member of the Masonic fraternity, having been raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in Millbrook Lodge No. 281 in Hill City, KS, on December 11, 2001. He held every office in the lodge, except for Treasurer, serving as Master in 2005-06. Cole was one of the seven founding members and Past Master of Justice Lodge No. 457. He also served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 35th District from 2010-12, Area Deputy Grand Master in 2013, and was appointed Grand Senior Deacon by M:. W:. Rick Reichert in 2013, beginning their journey with the Grand Lodge of Kansas.
In addition to his distinguished career in law enforcement and active involvement in the Masonic fraternity, Cole was also a guest on the Historical Light Masonic Podcast. He shared his insights and experiences on the podcast, which is dedicated to exploring the history and symbolism of Freemasonry. His contribution to the podcast reflects his deep passion and commitment to the Masonic craft, and his willingness to share his knowledge and perspective with others. Cole was a beloved husband, father, and community member who dedicated his life to serving others.