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Former VACP Executive Director Jay Cochran Passes Away

February 8, 2016 | VACP

News Image It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we report the death of our colleague and dear friend Jay Cochran, Jr. Jay previously served as Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police after a stellar career in state and federal law enforcement.

Memorial Service

Family and friends are invited to Quantico National Cemetery on February 19th at 12pm as we say good bye to former VACP Executive Director Jay Cochran Jr. – husband, father, grandfather and law enforcement leader.  The entrance to the cemetery is on Joplin Road.  Upon entering the gate to the right is an "assembly area" for parking along with a small building where family or others may briefly gather.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable contributions be considered to either:

The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
Scholarship Fund or History Fund
3717 Fettler Park Drive
Dumfries, VA 22025

or to,

The Alzheimer Foundation


Born in Gary, Indiana on October 15, 1927 and passed away Thursday morning, February 4, 2016 in Ashburn, Virginia. Jay graduated from Michigan State University in May 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received an appointment to the FBI in March 1952 and was initially assigned to Tulsa Oklahoma office before transferring to New York City. Jay then spent 10 years in the FBI laboratory in Washington, DC where he worked on several cases with historical significance. Jay then opted for Administrative Advancement and was transferred to El Paso, TX as Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), then Houston, TX (ASAC), Inspector, Savannah, GA as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC), and then back to Headquarters as Assistant Director — all over the span of 27 years. For a more detailed report, see the Society’s Oral History Report:

Three days after Jay’s retirement from the FBI in 1979, he was appointed Director of the Virginia State Police’s newly formed Bureau of Criminal Investigation where he worked for 6 years. Jay’s next appointment was Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police from 1985-1987. In June of 1988, he was then appointed to the Virginia Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control as its Chairman.

Jay joined the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI in 1979 and served on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation from 2003 – 2004. He was a past Chairman of the Richmond Chapter, which was officially renamed the Jay Cochran Jr. - Richmond Chapter on February 19, 2014 — the first time any chapter had ever been renamed for a living person.

Jay was an avid wood worker, building various pieces of furniture that will certainly stay in the family for generations. He was also a Redskins fan and of course a Spartan through and through – kind of serendipitous that Kirk Cousins is now the QB for the Skins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jay Cochran Sr., his mother, Edna Frances McLimans and his brother James Cochran. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Amon Cochran, and one brother, John Cochran, two daughters, Christie Lee Lowe and Claudia Ann Revella, two sons, Randall Linn Cochran and Jay Cochran III and six grandchildren, Casandra Revella, Francesca Revella, Lindsey Cochran, Kyle Cochran, Grace Cochran and Virginia Cochran.

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