Former Alton Mayor, and Police Chief, Don Sandidge has died at the age of 75. He served as mayor of Alton from 1997 until 2009. Before politics, Sandidge served in the Alton Police Department, finishing his law enforcement career in 1989 as police chief. The Alton Law Enforcement Center is named in his honor. Sandidge died early Sunday following a battle with cancer.
Sandidge graduated from Alton High School in 1956, served in the Marine Corp, then joined the Alton Police Department in 1962. While in the department, he served as chief of detectives, attended the FBI Academy, and was also a member of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. Following his retirement from the police force, he served as head of intensive probation services with Madison County from 1991 until he was elected mayor in 1997. During his administration, Sandidge worked to construct a new police station, redevelop Riverfront Park, and bring new national chain stores and restaurants to the Homer Adams Parkway.
Sandidge is survived by his wife Sheri, two children, grandchildren and many friends. Funeral arrangements are pending through Gent Funeral Home in Alton.