Longtime Public Servant Passes Away

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A long-time public servant of the City of Zanesville has passed away after a short illness.

84-year-old Robert Brandford Sr. retired from the Zanesville Police Department in 1994 after 27 years of service.

He worked as a Fair Housing Coordinator and from 2000 to 2012 was Zanesville’s Director of Public Safety.

He was a faithful member of Morning Star Cogic, where he served as deacon.

Brandford was also a U.S. veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force.

You can call on family Friday, January 14 from 11am-1pm with funeral service to follow at 1pm at Burrell Funeral Service in Zanesville. Following services, Brandford will be laid to rest alongside his wife in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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