Former sheriff Jack Cottey dies

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Family members confirm Former Marion County Sheriff Jack Cottey has passed away.

Mayor Greg Ballard remembered Cottey on Twitter, “Jack Cottey spent years protecting people as a Marine & Marion County Sheriff. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cottey family.”

Marion County Republican Chairman, Kyle Walker said, “Jack Cottey was one of a kind. Marine, Police Officer, Legislator, Sheriff. His passing is the end of an era in Marion County.”

John Layton, Marion County Sheriff said, “Sheriff Jack Cottey was a true friend and great mentor to me. He was a man who fearlessly broke tradition when he knew it was the right thing to do. He lived life his way! Marion County shall miss Sheriff Cottey. There will be no other.”

Cottey was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Frank O’Bannon and was also a Kentucky Colonel.

Cottey, 75, was sheriff from 1994 to 2002 after serving in the Indiana House of Representatives. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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