Benny Napoleon Biography — Wiki
Benny Napoleon was best known as the sheriff of Wayne County in Michigan and a former Detroit police chief who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of the city. joined the Detroit Police Department in 1975 and began rising through the ranks, serving as police chief from 1998 to 2001.
Napoleon died on Thursday in a hospital there. The current mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan, confirmed the death on Twitter.
Benny Napoleon Age
Benny Napoleon was 65 years old at the time of death.
Benny Napoleon Death Cause of Death
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, who dedicated decades to public service and became a household name to metro Detroiters, died Thursday evening following a month-long fight with COVID-19. Napoleon was with family when he died at Henry Ford Hospital, his daughter Tiffani Jackson said.
In a text message while still at the hospital, she thanked the community for its prayers and asked that they continue.
As Wayne County residents think of her father, she also asked them to turn their memories toward his dedication.
“Remember his generosity, integrity and faithfulness as a public servant for over 45 years,” she said. “Remember how kind he was to everyone he came in contact with and how much he loved his family.”
Memories of his service poured in from officials after news of his death broke.
Napoleon was “one of our city’s greatest public servants,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement.
Benny Napoleon health conditions
Napoleon announced he was positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 19. He had taken a test on Nov. 13 and tested negative, but then took another test on Nov. 17.
“At this time I have a slight headache and light chills,” Napoleon said when he made the announcement.
The next day, Jackson said his symptoms had progressed and that he was admitted to the hospital. Doctors placed Napoleon on a ventilator on Nov. 27, Jackson said. As recently as Dec. 13, the family had posted to the sheriff’s Facebook page saying he was improving.
Benny Napoleon early life, education
Benny N. Napoleon was born in Detroit in 1955, one of seven children of Harry and Betty Napoleon. His father was a minister. He attended Cass Technical High School, a public school in the city, and later received degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy and the Detroit College of Law.
Benny Napoleon early career
In 2013, he ran for mayor of Detroit in a crowded primary field, at a time when the job was largely considered toothless.
Sheriff Napoleon, a Democrat, became the assistant executive for Wayne County, where Detroit is located, in 2004, and was appointed county sheriff in 2009. He kept that position after winning elections in 2012, 2016 and 2020.
Benny Napoleon wife, children, family
Sheriff Napoleon, who was previously married to Lisa Cunningham, is survived by his mother, Betty, 84; his daughter, Tiffani Jackson; and his brother, Hilton Napoleon, the police chief for Highland Park, Mich., a municipality that borders Detroit.
It was not immediately clear how many of his six siblings survive him.
What Benny Napoleon’s daughter Tiffani Jackson says
Benny Napoleon’s daughter Jackson spoke to FOX 2 a day after he lost his month-long fight with COVID-19.
“I’m the only person in this world that had the privilege of calling him daddy,” said Tiffani Jackson.
“As he would say he’s been the boss ever since I was born,” she said. “But there was probably only one time I can remember when there was an event and he wasn’t there. But he made sure my godfather was there and he made sure he knew exactly where to be and what to do.
“He was just always present: when he had to go on work trips we all went. and my dad used to always say, ‘If you can’t go, I ain’t going.’ I was like his shadow.”
“Benny was genuine. if nothing else, he was genuine,” she said. “Anything that he did or anything that he said, he said from his heart. He loved this city.” https://t.co/bf9mV9VO1Q
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“It lets me know everything he did was not in vain. it gives me assurance that his legacy is strong, that his memories will live on,” she said. “People will always have great stories to tell about him for years and years to come, so that brings me comfort and that brings me joy.”