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Emily, former commissioner, dies

Emily, former commissioner, dies
Emily, former commissioner, dies

Edward (Ed) M. Emily, a former county commissioner for District 1, died Sunday, March 11, 2018. It was his 90th birthday.
‘He was an original,’ Steve Haggard, who served as county commissioner with Emily, said. ‘You had to love him. … He was always working.’
Once Emily had made up his mind about something, he was going to do it, no matter what, he added.
Emily, a Democrat, was first elected county commissioner in 1992, when he unseated 16-year veteran Ed Sieg in the primary. The Corydon native had unsuccessfully run for sheriff four times before opting to seek the commissioner seat.
When Corydon flooded in 1997, Haggard said Emily worked alongside him for a week cleaning up the old Annex building that sat along Little Indian Creek (the building since was demolished and now the property is home to the Fred Cammack Corydon Farmers Market). Emily also could be found working with the county highway employees in his district.
While running for his second term, in 1996, Emily said during a newspaper interview that he found the commissioner’s job about as challenging as law enforcement. In that same interview, he promised, if he won, to retire after his second term.
Emily not only won the Democrat primary race that year, he defeated the Republican candidate in the fall. However, he decided to seek a third term but was defeated in the primary by James Goldman. Emily ran unsuccessfully again in 2008 and finished second to Goldman in a three-way Primary race.
‘He was always the road commissioner,’ Haggard said of Emily. ‘He would make sure the roads and blacktop in his district got taken care of.’
Haggard, who first met Emily when Haggard was running for Harrison Township trustee, said Emily helped him campaign when he decided to run for commissioner.
Emily, along with fellow commissioners Terry Miller and Kenny Saulman, received the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County’s President’s Award in 2002 for establishing a foundation to invest and distribute the income from a $5 million grant from Caesars Indiana.
‘He was always a good friend to me,’ Haggard said of Emily. ‘I would stop in to see him (and his wife, Maxine); he always had something to talk about it.’
Emily retired as a school bus driver for the New Albany-Floyd County school district after 34 years, was a marshal for many Southern Indiana communities, was a reserve officer for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. for a number of years and attended Corydon Christian Church.
He and his wife were often mentioned in the Hursttown correspondence of this newspaper and were known for decorating a fiberglass horse in their front yard.
Emily’s funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany. Private entombment will follow in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany.