LIMA — Matt Treglia was appointed as interim Allen County sheriff Wednesday after the sudden death of Interim Sheriff Jimmy Everett the evening before.
Allen County commissioners held an emergency, sorrowful meeting to make the appointment. The room was filled with sheriff’s deputies watching Treglia, a staff lieutenant, accept the appointment. Treglia has 20 years with the agency.
The 62-year-old Everett died Tuesday evening. He was a 40-year employee of the Sheriff’s Office and replaced Sam Crish, who resigned last month amid a series of legal issues. Everett was appointed one week ago.
Looking at the deputies in the room, Treglia told them the agency would get through the loss of Everett.
“I just like everyone to keep Pam and her family in your prayers and thoughts and watch out for them,” Treglia said.
Treglia said the public should be assured the county is safe and the Sheriff’s Office would continue to operate as always.
“He would want us to move forward,” Treglia said.
Before beginning the meeting, Commissioner Cory Noonan asked for a moment of silence in Everett’s memory.
“Our way of honoring Sheriff Everett and his family is we have lowered all of our flags here in Allen County to half [staff]. We request that all flags in Allen county be lowered to half [staff] for a period of 10 days,” Noonan said.
The Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association will send an honor guard to participate in Everett’s funeral, Treglia said.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.
Everett was the chief deputy at the agency before his appointment last week to replace Crish. While Everett was reserved and quiet, he never aspired to be sheriff, but when he felt the agency needed him he stepped up to help, several people close to him said.
Everett planned to seek the nomination of the Republican Party to be appointed to the position since seat was previously held by a Republican. Several others also expressed interest in seeking that position, including Treglia.
Everett began his career with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office in 1975. He retired for several years but remained in law enforcement and returned to help Crish after Crish’s election in 2008 to replace Sheriff Dan Beck, who retired.
Everett worked just about every job a deputy could hold at the Sheriff’s Office, holding every rank in various divisions, including road patrol, administration and investigations. He was the agency’s most experienced officer.
He also served as mayor of Cairo from January 2008 to December 2015.
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