BLOOMFIELD TWP, Mich. – Operating Engineers 324 today praised the dedication and public service of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, who passed away on Thursday.
“Sheriff Benny Napoleon was a great leader, a tireless advocate for working men and women, and a warm and a beloved gentleman whose dedication to his family and community was an inspiration” said Douglas W. Stockwell, Operating Engineers 324 Business Manager. “His years of dedicated public service was a beacon to those who want to affect positive change, and his loss leaves a hole not only in the hearts of those who knew him, but the community he served with such pride.”
Sheriff Napoleon died after a battle with COVID-19.
Sheriff Napoleon spent most of his career at the Detroit Police Department, starting in 1975 and becoming police chief in 1998. He became Wayne County assistant executive in 2004, and Wayne County Sheriff in 2009.
“Benny Napoleon was a friend and brother to all who knew him,” said Ken Dombrow, Operating Engineers 324 President. “He was a great friend to Operating Engineers 324 and to labor, and he will be greatly missed. Operating Engineers 324 mourns the loss of Benny, and express our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and the community at large.”