(INDIANAPOLIS) — Gov. Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the death of Madison Mayor Damon Welch:
“Damon was a tireless public servant who was passionate about his city and the state of Indiana. As a veteran, small businessman and city leader, he nurtured relationships of all types to improve the lives of all of those around him. Janet and I are heartbroken for his family, friends and the Madison community. We ask that all Hoosiers join us in offering prayers and condolences to the Welch family.”
Madison Mayor Damon Welch died this morning after what is believed to have been a heart attack.
The City of Madison is preparing an official statement and as soon as it is release we will post.
Welch was elected mayor in 2011, and was reelected in 2015.
City of Madison Statement on Death of Mayor Welch
With great sorrow, the City of Madison joins all its citizens in mourning the passing of Mayor Damon Welch. Mayor Welch awoke with health complications early this morning. He was rushed to Kings Daughters Hospital where he subsequently passed.
Shortly after 9 a.m., city employees were directed to lower the flags at City Hall and other city properties, in memory of the mayor.
All city employees and office holders offer their heartfelt compassion to his wife Ginny, his children and grandchildren.
City functions such as trash pickup will continue today. Any changes will be noted on the city website, www.madison-in.gov.
Indiana Code 3-13-11-15 provides that the President Pro Tempore of the City Council becomes acting mayor until the vacancy is filled by the political party caucus. Current Madison City Council President Dan Dattilo will fill the vacancy until the Republican Party holds a caucus.
Arrangements are pending at Morgan-Nay Funeral Centre.