Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist Statements on Passing of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

December 17, 2020 

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Governor Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist Statements on Passing of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon 

 

LANSING, Mich. - Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II released the following statements after Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon passed away due to complications from COVID-19: 

 

 "I am heartbroken at the news of my der friend Benny's passing," said Governor Whitmer. "Sheriff Napoleon's love for the people he served was returned many times over. His Quick Laugh, eager partnership, and candid counsel is what I will miss most. He was a truly special person. Sharon, Tiffani and his whole family are in my prayers." 

 

"Sheriff Benny Napoleon's passing is a tremendous loss for the city of Detroit, Wayne County, and the entire state of Michigan," said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. "Benny was a pillar in the community-a model public servant who lead by example through conscientious words and selfless service. All throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Sheriff Napoleon stood tall on the front lines alongside members of his department to ensure that our community had what it needed to get through this crisis together. He was a progressive ally and champion for changing the justice system to better serve society. And he offered himself as a mentor at every opportunity, so that young leaders, like myself, can be, believe in, and become our greatest selves. Benny's loss hits hard in the soul of so many people in southeast Michigan who had a chance to connect with him over his decades of service, and his legacy leaves our lives better because of his presence. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in power." 

 

  

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