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In Memoriam

Jack Sandlin, CFE



Jack Sandlin, Indiana state senator and founder of the ACFE Central Indiana Chapter, passed away on Sept. 20, 2023. He’s remembered by loved ones for his integrity and commitment to public service.

Sandlin was born in Indianapolis in November 1950 to Lewis and Betty Sandlin. After graduating from high school, he joined the Indianapolis Police Department (IPD). He then served in the U.S. Army before returning to the IPD as an officer in 1973 and enlisting in the Indiana National Guard. Sandlin eventually rose to the rank of deputy chief of investigations and investigator for the Marion County Grand Jury. He also served the Southport Police Department until 2009. During his years-long career in law enforcement, Sandlin was a sniper with the SWAT Team, served as an undercover investigator and worked with the U.S. Marshals Service.

A dedicated public servant, Sandlin was the Perry Township Trustee from 1997 to 2006. In 2010, he served on the Indianapolis City-County Council until 2016, when he was elected a state senator representing District 36 in Marion County and northern Johnson County. Elected to serve two terms, the Republican senator advocated for veterans, law enforcement officials and mental illness issues, and received strong bipartisan support.


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