Former Albany County Sheriff Jim Campbell has died.
Sheriff Craig Apple confirmed Campbell's death in a Facebook post earlier this morning in which he said Campbell was a "great man, great dad, great husband, great law enforcement officer, and a great mentor."
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says Campbell was a "straight shooter."
"He treated everyone as if they were his friend, and regardless if he'd just met you or had known you for years, he treated you the same. And that says a lot about a person's character," McCoy said.
"He was a highly respected law enforcement professional," said former Albany Police Chief Bob Wolfgang. "He was a long time friend and someone I felt I could always go to."
Campbell was elected Sheriff in 1989, and served 6 terms before retiring in June of 2011. At the time of his retirement, he was Albany County's longest-tenured sheriff.
Here is the Facebook posting from Sheriff Craig Apple.
Photo: Craig D. Apple, Sr./Facebook