Cornelius began his career with the CCSO in 1992 as a detention officer. He was later bumped up to the patrol division as a deputy, field training officer, hostage negotiator, and community policing officer, then was promoted to corporal and detective.
For the last seven years, Cornelius has enjoyed work in the CCSO’s criminal investigations division, and was given the Meritorious Service Award in 2001 for his part in solving homicide cases where suspects had crossed three states.
“He is a genuinely nice individual,” said Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil during an introductory speech at the Jan. 27 Williams City Council meeting. “He brings a very caring attitude to the sheriff’s office. I think he’ll be a wonderful addition.”
Cornelius is also a long-time member of the CCSO mounted unit, and his main duties as commander for both the Williams and Grand Canyon CCSO substation will be to oversee patrol duties.
The CCSO Williams substation can be reached at 635-4487.