Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Former Sheriff, Republican Leader Cottey Passes at 75

Sheriff Jack Cottey
Word comes tonight that Marion County has lost one of its most famous officials and public servants.

Former Sheriff Jack Cottey passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 75.  Cottey was Sheriff of Marion County from 1995 to 2002 and was the last Republican to date to serve in that office.

Cottey graduated from Southport High School and, according to an old informational piece I found online about him, immediately joined the Marine Corps upon graduation.  When he left the Corps, he joined IPD working his way from an officer all the way up to Deputy Chief before he retired in 1986.  At that point, he joined Sheriff Joe McAtee's team in the Marion County Sheriff's Department.  He would remain in some capacity even during the terms of his successors Frank Anderson and John Layton.  Cottey also served in the Indiana House of Representatives.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office, as it is now referred to, released this statement via Twitter tonight.

I want to wish Sheriff Cottey's family and friends the best as they deal with this loss.  It's clear that Cottey dedicated his life to the service of others.

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