Well, Steven Seagal finally fooled someone into taking him up on his offer of unsolicited help.
The 59-year-old actor, who claims he was a CIA operative in the 80s and whose most recent stint as a peace officer, which was documented on his A&E reality television series Steven Seagal: Lawman, ended abruptly when he was charged with sexual harassment of his female assistant, was sworn in this week as the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office’s newest deputy. Officials with the department say that his primary focus will be working full time to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.
Seagal contacted Sheriff Arvin West two months ago to apply for work with the HCSO and according to him, he feels that his intentions were honorable.
“It became very clear to me that Mr. Seagal is not in this for the celebrity or the publicity,” Sheriff Arvin West told the San Antonio Express today. “He’s like the rest of us that live down here; he has a sincere passion for his country and he wants to do more to help.The television aspect of what we’re doing here is the last priority.The man has a pure motive in doing this. He knows what we’re up against here and he wants to help.”
Seagal was sworn in as the “deputy chief to the chief deputy,” a position that was created for the 7th Dan in Akido, who claims to have taught “his sons” UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida a few of the deadly techniques of the martial art. On Monday, he did a dry run as a border patrol agent and will apparently start his new gig, which incidentally pays $15-per-hour, some time in 2012.
“He got really a taste of what we go through down here,” department spokesman Gary Fleming said. “We ran about 50 miles of the border and Deputy Seagal got a chance to meet the community and where he’s going to be working.”
HT to reader Matt Wolf for the story tip.