CLEVELAND (AP) - Geauga County Sheriff George "Red" Simmons died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer.
He was 56.
Simmons, nicknamed for his fiery red hair, was elected sheriff in 1993 and was instrumental in getting the county a new jail, which is now slated for construction.
In 2001, the Burton resident ended his campaign for state attorney general so he could spend time with his wife, who had breast cancer.
Simmons, a Democrat, was someone who would say what was on his mind in as few words as possible, said Eleventh District Court of Appeals Judge William O'Neill.
"When Red made up his mind that he was right, there was no point in talking to him," O'Neill said. "And as so many folks learned too late, when he made up his mind that you were wrong, there was also no point in talking to him."
Simmons is survived by his wife Carol, two sons and two grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were pending Wednesday.