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Tuesday 02/07/2023 4:15 PM - Retirement Announced for Detective Clint Cole

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Retirement Announced for Detective Clint Cole
Date and Time of Incident: 3-10-23
Place of Occurrence: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: The Sheriff’s Office is announcing the retirement of Detective Clint Cole. After a 32-year career with the Sheriff’s Office, Cole’s last day will be March 10. That’s the same day Paul Flores is scheduled to be sentenced for the murder of Kristin Smart. Detective Cole became the lead investigator in the Smart case in 2019 and is credited with leading that investigation to a successful conclusion with the arrest of Flores on April 13, 2021 and his conviction on October 18, 2022. “I am extremely proud of the work Clint has done for this agency, especially with regard to the Kristin Smart investigation,” said Sheriff Parkinson. “He has accomplished much in his 32 year career, and his retirement is well deserved.” Cole was hired at the Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer in 1990. He started as a Patrol Deputy in 1996. From 2002 to 2014, Cole worked in the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit, as a School Resource Deputy and as a Sexual Assault investigator. In 2014 he was promoted to Senior Deputy. In 2017 he was selected to be the first investigator assigned to the newly created position of Cold Case/Unsolved Homicide Detective. And then in 2019 he was assigned to the Kristin Smart case. “It is very satisfying to see Paul Flores convicted for the murder of Kristin Smart,” said Detective Cole. “I hope I’ve been able to give the Smart family some measure of justice for Kristin.” Detective Cole is also credited with solving three other high-profile homicides in San Luis Obispo County. The 41-year-old murder cases of Jane Antunez and Patricia Dwyer in Atascadero and assisting with the 2018 murder investigation of Nancy Woodrum in Paso Robles. Cole credits his family, Kay and daughter Audra, and his father John for all their support during the long hours he worked on cases. As for retirement plans, for right now he just plans “to relax” and spend more time with his family.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Tuesday 02/07/2023 4:16 PM