MUNCIE, Ind. (May 15, 2015) - There were a lot of heavy hearts in Delaware County Friday. The County’s sheriff unexpectedly passed away Friday morning, nearly a week after having extensive shoulder surgery.
His death has left his department, and his lifelong home of Muncie, in shock.
Sheriff Mike Scroggins, 52, was a 30-year law enforcement veteran.
“Tough day to be in the office,” said Delaware County Chief Deputy, and Scroggins’ good friend, Jason Walker.
All over Muncie Friday, flags flew at half-staff.
“He’s just one of those guys that just loved people and everybody loves Mike,” said Walker.
Scroggins was born and raised in Muncie, and served 30 years in law enforcement there.
That was a theme for his family. Between his dad and uncles, and across the fire, police and sheriff’s departments, the family had more than 120 combined years of public service.
“The Scroggins name is well known around this community. So when he decided to run for Sheriff, everybody knew who he was,” said Walker.
Scroggins had ambitions for higher office and in 2010 ran for Sheriff.
“His passion was this department. He wanted what was best for Delaware County and this department and that’s what he strived for. He would stay up at night wondering how he could make things better,” said Walker.
“Long day for public safety here,” said Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler.
Tyler said Scroggins earned his title of sheriff through the respect of his Delaware County deputies.
“One of the keys to being a good public safety officer is your rank and file respecting you, knowing that you’re never going to ask them to do something you won’t do and Mike had that type of leadership,” said Tyler.
Leadership that won’t soon be forgotten.
“Our community’s at a loss without him,” said Walker.
Walker said doctors believe Scroggins suffered a heart attack or had a blood clot from his shoulder surgery. Scroggins passed away at his girlfriend’s house in Ohio. Funeral plans have not yet been announced.