Dearborn Heights mayor Dan Paletko has died of coronavirus complications, the city announced early Wednesday on social media.
No additional information was immediately available. Paletko, 70, dedicated his year-end message to the pandemic, calling 2020 "a year like no other ... and the most challenging and difficult in my political career."
In the Dec. 17 message, the mayor thanked "heroic" first responders and frontline workers and urged continued mask-wearing.
“With the holiday season and the New Year at hand, it is my hope that the coronavirus is vanquished, but that the goodwill and the togetherness it birthed will carry on in 2021,” he said.