Former Gloucester County Sheriff Robin Stanaway was found dead Friday night at the Riverwalk Landing parking garage of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, a York County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said Sunday.
A citizen discovered the former sheriff in the parking garage. A gun was found nearby.
The 54-year-old Stanaway had reportedly suffered serious health problems since leaving office after the November 2007 election, which he lost to Steve Gentry. Stanaway led the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years. Prior to that he was a York County sheriff’s deputy, logging a total of 32 years in local law enforcement.
“There were no signs of foul play and there were no indications of danger to anyone else,” York deputy Mike Russell said.
Stanaway’s longtime leadership of the Gloucester department was both championed and criticized. His final campaign was particularly heated.
He was a former board member for the Gloucester Boys and Girls Club, and a founder of the DARE scholarship program, among many other civic activities.
He is survived by a wife and two children.