- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The city of Detroit says former Mayor Roman Gribbs has died at age 90.

Gribbs served one term as mayor and didn’t seek re-election in 1973. In a written statement Tuesday, Mayor Mike Duggan says Gribbs was the “textbook definition of a dedicated public servant.”

Before winning election in 1969, Gribbs was an assistant prosecutor and sheriff. He became a judge after leaving the mayor’s office and served on the Michigan appeals court for 20 years.

The Detroit News says Gribbs during his only term as mayor worked with Henry Ford II and others to build the Renaissance Center, a landmark building along the Detroit River.

After Gribbs, Coleman Young became Detroit’s first black mayor. He served for two decades.


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