Date: May 15, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Popular PCSO Sergant Mary Campbell Deceased

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of Deputy Sheriff Sergeant Mary Campbell after the discovery of her body at her Lake Wales home. The preliminary investigation does not indicate anything suspicious or that foul play was involved. Sgt.  Campbell was at home recuperating from a recent surgery when she was found by emergency personnel around 4:15 p.m. after a neighbor could not get her to answer the door. 

Sgt. Campbell, 53, DOB 3/18/48, of Lake Wales, first joined the Sheriff's Office in October of 1976 as a receptionist. In 1979 she completed police standards and was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff. Campbell was promoted from Deputy Sheriff to Sergeant in 1983, then to Captain of Internal Affairs in 1985, and to Lieutenant of General Services and Crime Prevention in 1987. Campbell left the Sheriff's Office in 1989 but returned a year later and was rehired in 1990 as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to Uniform Patrol in the Ridge District. In 1998, Campbell was promoted again to the rank of Sergeant. Campbell's most recent assignment was working as a Sergeant in the East Region COPs program.  Campbell received her Associate of Arts Degree from PolkCommunity College in 1976 and was pursuing a degree from St. Leo's College. Campbell is survived by her two sons, William, 31, and James Gregory, 36. 

Campbell was often described as an enthusiastic employeeand an asset and benefit to the Sheriff's Office.  Campbell's personnel file includes many section commendations, numerous accomplishment reports, and positive evaluations. Her file also includes numerous letters of appreciation from citizens, co-workers, and local businesses for her work as a Deputy Sheriff. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made finalized. 

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