I had forgotten that show, but \i gotta agree with you on the actor, Gary Cole is a great actor99.9%. Of small town cops are corrupt to some extent. Maybe something small like letting a pretty girl off with a warning that a fat ugly one would have gotten a ticket
Then you have the ones that just ooze creepiness like Wyatt does IMO
Anyone that does not know who Lucas buck is, look up the tv show that ran one season on CBS. Called American Gothic.
Sheriff Buck had some extra power but he in general personifies the mindset of a small town southern sheriff.
Plus he is played by one of the best and underrated actors alive today
The boss on office space and Ricky Bobby's dad on Talladega Nights