Former Albany County sheriff passes away
March 22, 2018 05:37 PM
ALBANY - Flags at the Albany County courthouse were flying at half staff, a sign of respect and honor from a community mourning the passing of former Sheriff James Campbell.
"He was a great leader, great sheriff. But more so, he was a great person," said current Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
Apple made the announcement on Facebook Thursday morning, describing Campbell as a great mentor.
"I mean he was like a second father for me. I could talk to him everyday. I was with him his entire term. He did two decades with us," Apple said.
Campbell was Albany County's longest serving sheriff. He came on the job after retiring from the state police as a first sergeant.
"He just did a lot of good things. He was the founding sheriff of our EMS program," said Apple.
He also created the rescue team and the drug unit, among other accomplishments. He retired in June of 2011. That's when apple officially took over.
"He probably wanted to retire years early. But we would keep saying you got to stay, you got to stay," he said.
Many people aid Campbell was a straight shooter, a no nonsense kind of person who truly cared about the safety of the public. Albany County District Attorney David Soares remembers him as a legend, someone who reminded him of the former Albany County District Attorney Sol Greenberg.
"Much like Sol Greenberg was the institution for prosecutors, Sheriff Campbell was the institution for the sheriff's department," Soares told Newschannel 13. "You couldn't go anywhere in this county or anywhere in the state of New York without someone having had some experience with out sheriff."
Campbell was 77 years old.
Updated: March 22, 2018 05:37 PM
Created: March 22, 2018 09:56 AM
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