Conrad Mallett, Jr. named Detroit's deputy mayor

Posted at 2:16 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 14:16:07-04

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Friday that former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Conrad Mallett, Jr. will be the city's new deputy mayor.

Mallett served in the State Supreme Court from 1990 through 1999 and was the chief justice in 1997 and 1998.

Most recently, he was the chief administrative officer at the Detroit Medical Center. He also sits on the board of directors for Lear Corporation.

Mallett, 67, was born in Detroit and received his B.A. from UCLA and his J.D. from USC in 1979.

Before Mallett was named deputy mayor, Detroit Police Chief James Craig would serve as deputy mayor after former Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon retired in 2016.

According to Duggan, he will "lead the overall effort to deal with COVID-19 moving forward," and will start a week from next Monday.

“We all appreciate deeply the leadership you provide to this great city,” he said. “it’s my great pleasure and great honor to come back to the City of Detroit.”

Chief Craig will remain as the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, Duggan said. He added that the City Charter said if Duggan is out of town or unavailable he can file for somebody to act as the mayor.