July 8th Update
Memorial Services for Reedsport Police Chief (and former Toledo Police Chief) Mark Fandrey will be held in Reedsport, Sunday, July 14th at 3pm, at the Pacific Auditorium (Reedsport High School). The high school is right off 101 at Longwood, and just south of 22nd.
Former Toledo Police Chief Mark Fandrey has passed away “suddenly and unexpectedly” according to a short announcement issued by Reedsport Mayor Keith Tymchuck, who added that more information would be provided Monday. Fandrey had been the Reedsport Chief of Police since he left his post with the city of Toledo in June of 2010.
A call to the Reedsport Police Department on Sunday was answered by a police dispatcher who was obviously saddened by the question posed to her said only that “I cannot confirm or deny that Chief Fandrey has passed away. Please call city hall on Monday for more information.”
Mark Fandrey, married with grown children, left the Toledo Police Department after accepting the chief’s job in Reedsport in order to spend more time with his family. Fandrey said at the time that it had been a hardship to commute to Toledo daily, and to make special trips during off-hour Toledo/Siletz police emergencies from his home in Florence where he and his family had moved to be closer to his wife’s job.
Fandrey joined the Toledo Police Department in 1997, became chief in 2006 and helped to qualify Toledo to receive federal funding to equip the Toledo Police Department with a computerized dispatch and law enforcement data system. The equipment enables TPD to share and retrieve crime data from other state and local law enforcement agencies. Ironically, Fandrey had just presented his Reedsport City Council with a proposal to apply to the U.S. Department of Justice for an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assitance Grant which provides federal funds for additional officer positions, high tech equipment investment, crime prevention, drug treatment, crime prevention and witness protection.
His friends say Fandrey was a computer whiz and had earlier worked for a high tech firm in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and later as a techno-guru in the National Guard before joining the Toledo Police Department in the mid 1990’s.