Mike Covert, Former Cooperstown Police Chief, Dies

Village Chief Mike Covert

Dies After Long Illness

Former Cooperstown Police Chief Michael Covert, left, died overnight after a long illness, according to his wife, Deb Wengert Covert. Covert, who was diagnosed with renal failure last year, was the recipient of a GoFundMe campaign after it was revealed that he lost the county’s health insurance, despite working for the county for 25 years, and was ineligible for the village’s health insurance. During his tenure as police chief, he started the county’s Angel program, helping over 100 drug addicts seek recovery options. This photo was taken after he returned to the job following a hip surgery in 2017; with him, at right, is Officer Jim Kelman. An obituary and arrangements are forthcoming from Connell, Dow & Deysenroth.  (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

6 thoughts on “Mike Covert, Former Cooperstown Police Chief, Dies

  1. David Pearlman

    I got to know Mike when he was the school’s DARE officer and I was principal. We spoke several times about the launching of the Angel Program. The county and the village were both improved by his service. RiP, Chief.

  2. Kelly & Stew Card

    Our sincerest condolences to the entire family and community for this sad loss. RIP Sir and thankyou for your service

  3. Betty Telfer Cherry

    I’ve known him most of my life. He was a kind and caring soul and will be missed. He will forever be watching over his family. RiP Mike, and may your family find peace.

  4. Janette Lamb

    I am a native of Cooperstown, and knew Mike all my life. Mike was a great man.
    Condolences to his family.
    RIP Chief


    As a US Navy vet like his father Bob Covert, Oakland P.D. [with a great voice], whom I often talk about, I’m sure all the positive accolades are a memorable reflection of a proud heritage. RIP – Tony Martucci FDNY [ret.] – former resident Oakland, NJ.

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