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.

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