GENEVA – Geneva police records specialist Cathy Baldwin, 53, died unexpectedly at her Cortland home on Friday, city officials announced.
When Baldwin did not arrive for work Friday morning and attempts to contact her by telephone were unsuccessful, Cortland police were contacted to check her home. Cortland officers discovered Baldwin was dead. The initial investigation determined her death was from natural causes, according to a news release issued by the city of Geneva.
The DeKalb County Coroner’s Office will be conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of death, according to the release.
“We were all shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Cathy’s death this morning. I think most of us are still in a state of disbelief,” Chief of Police Steve Mexin said, according to the release.
“Cathy has been our friend and a valued police department employee for a long time,” Mexin added. “She will definitely be missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
Baldwin began her employment with Geneva in 1981 as a part-time parking control enforcement officer. She became a full-time employee in 1984. Her duty assignment changed to community service officer in 1988, and she was transferred in 1999 to her current position of police records specialist.
City and police officials are reaching out to her family to provide them with any assistance they may need, according to the release. The city also has arranged for grief counselors to be available for employees to help cope with this difficult news, officials said.
The city’s flag will continue to fly at half-staff in her honor. Funeral arrangements are pending.
This is the second time in a month a city employee has died suddenly. Electric superintendent Michael Buffing ton died June 11 in a car crash.