Earl is the proprietor of the motel where Jenny and Cassie stayed.
After speaking to Blake at the jail, Jenny went to Grey Cliff Inn to get accommodations for herself and Cassie. At the front desk, Earl questioned her about why they were there and how long they were staying before getting her her room keys.
Later, when Rand Kleinsasser drove his truck into the front of the motel, Earl helped Jenny get up from the rubble.
He works at Grey Cliff Inn.