against all odds
The sheriff is a hard man, with a weathered face and gruff demeanor. It is him, rather than the Mayor who has kept the various factions who are interested in controlling Dead Gulch from doing so. He has been based in the town for about two years, and has never been seen actually apprehending suspects. The murderers and bandits tend to just appear at the hanging platform and stay until they are replaced with some new group of ne’er do wells.
Sheriff Merlot is also something of a cards player, and is known around the town for knowing when to call someones bluff, whether in cards or not.