OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Police Department on Friday announced the death of retired career police officer and former town council member James "Jay" Hancock. He was 64.
"Our prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time," said Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. "Jay served this agency faithfully for more than three decades. This is a tremendous loss for both the community and our OCPD family."
Hancock served as an Ocean City police officer from May 24, 1971, until his retirement on Oct. 1, 2002. Following his retirement he served on the Ocean City Council from 2004-2008.
DiPino said that Hancock served in many capacities within the police department. Early in his career, he was assigned to the patrol division and worked various shifts.
Later in his career he worked in the Services Division. He performed front desk duties, supervising the detention facility and the communications area in the former Dorchester Street facility.
Hancock also served the agency as a public information officer. As DiPino described it, Hancock handled all media duties and served as the face of the department for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the National Information Officers Association. While on the town council, he also served as a member of the police commission.
Prior to joining the OCPD, he served in the U.S. Armed Services. He also earned his degree from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia in 1970.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.