Franklin County Appraiser Philip Dudley and his wife, Sue, were found dead in their Osawatomie home Thursday afternoon, according to Osawatomie Assistant Police Chief Dave Stuteville.
Stuteville said as of Friday no cause of death had been determined for either person. He said there were no signs of foul play but the deaths would remain under investigation until a cause of death was determined. An autopsy was expected to be completed on Friday.
Dudley served as Franklin County appraiser since June 2009. Dudley had previously worked as a property appraiser for the State of Kansas and worked in the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office from 1996 until taking the Franklin County position.
Dudley served on the Osawatomie City Council for four years before becoming mayor in April 2007. Just months after becoming mayor the city was affected by a flood and Dudley was the voice of the city during the crisis. In 2009 he was named the Kansas Mayor of the Year. He was also mayor in December 2011 when President Obama gave a speech at Osawatomie High School.
He served three terms as mayor, choosing not to run for reelection in 2013.
The City of Osawatomie issued a statement that said Dudley was battling an aggressive form of cancer and had been for more than two years.
“Despite the struggle, he did so with an optimism and humor that only Phil could,” the released stated. “We are comforted in knowing he can now rest peacefully. Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil and Sue’s three daughters, Alison, Alicia and Anna, and their families, as well as the rest of their extended families.”
There was no statement from Franklin County on Friday about who would assume Dudley’s duties until a successor was found. Jaime Wilson currently serves as deputy appraiser.