TROY, Ohio (WDTN) — Longtime Miami County Sheriff Charles Cox has died.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office confirms Cox died on Thursday morning at 5:15 a.m. of natural causes at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.
Cox was 71-years-old. He served as Miami County Sheriff for 28 years, taking office in 1988.
Cox did not run for reelection this year due to health issues.
Thursday,dozens of law enforcement, county employees and community members lined Main Street in down town Troy as a police escort– transporting the late Sheriff– traveled through the city passing by the Miami County Safety Building where Sheriff Cox served for 28 years.
Jameison & Yannucci Funeral Home in Piqua is handling arrangements.
Miami County Sheriff-elect Dave Duchak issued the following statement on Cox’s passing.
“It is with deep sadness and very heavy hearts that the Miami County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of seven-term Miami County Sheriff Charles A. Cox. Sheriff Cox passed this morning at approximately 5:30 A.M. at a Dayton hospital. The operations of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office continue uninterrupted. The men and women of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office continue to serve and protect their fellow residents as Sheriff Cox would expect. We ask that the public keep Sheriff Cox, his wife Lynn, their family and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office in their prayers.”