B. Cole Presley, a 17 year law enforcement veteran and the current three-term Sheriff of Graham County, was installed as the head of the Kansas Freemasons at a recent ceremony in Topeka.

Presley, a 1998 graduate of Bennington High School, moved to Hill City in 2001 and joined the masonic fraternity that same year. He progressed through various officer positions in Hill City’s Millbrook Lodge No. 281 and has continuously served in various state leadership roles since 2010. In 2011 he helped charter a lodge exclusively for members of law enforcement across Kansas.

Apart from his masonic commitments, Presley served in the Kansas Army National Guard from 1997-2006 as a Fire Direction Chief, and is a member of several law enforcement organizations including the Kansas Sheriffs’ Association and the Kansas Peace Officers Association.

Presley, the 147th Grand Master (similar to the president of other organizations) of Kansas, will serve a term lasting one year. He notes that Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world and that there are probably close to 5 million Freemasons around the world, with about 2 million in North America, and over 200 masonic lodges in Kansas. In Kansas, the first masonic lodges pre-date statehood. This year also marks the 300th anniversary of organized Freemasonry. Later this year Presley and his wife will be traveling to England to represent Kansas and participate in a special worldwide ceremony.

Presley and his wife, Nikki, live in Hill City with their three children.

Last April, Presley, on behalf of the Kansas Freemasons, pledged $250,000 over the next 5 years to support adult speech, language and hearing services at the Herndon Clinic on the Fort Hays State University campus. Now, a year later, Presley along with the other officers from the Grand Lodge of Kansas will be on campus this Saturday to dedicate the newly expanded Geneva Herndon Speech-Language pathology Clinic. The public ceremony starts at 4:00 pm with tours and refreshments afterwards.