Ben takes his job very seriously and cares about the town citizens. His main goal is to uncover the supply route of a drug trafficking ring operating in the town.
When Jake claims that Deputy Grady slashed his tires and plants marijuana in his jeep, Ben believes that Jake is lying as a last resort to save his image and advises him to own up to the consequences.
At the end of the novel, he responds to a call that the library was broken into, and finds Sophie, Jake, and Deputy Grady there. Jake repeats that Deputy Grady has drugs in the mine and Ben decides to have everyone go there together. Deputy Grady then admits guilt and refuses to get arrested for his actions. Ben responds by shooting his gun out of his hand and arrests him.