Former Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie passed away at her east side Detroit home on Sunday, reportedly of natural causes. She had been suffering from health related issues for a considerable amount of time.
Currie began her tenure as city clerk in 1994 and served until December 2005 when she was voted out amid legal allegations. She was succeeded by current City Clerk Janice Winfrey.
Currie and her office were accused of casting absentee votes in deceased people’s names. Her employees were also accused of assisting incapacitated people, encouraging them to use absentee ballots with intentions of securing their votes for specific candidates.
During the 1970s, she served as a Wayne County commissioner for almost the entirety of the decade.
“Detroit lost a dedicated public servant with the passing of Jackie Currie,” Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said in a statement. “My prayers are with her family and loved ones.”
Jackie Currie was 78.
On Sunday, Jan. 3, there will be a visitation at Swanson Funeral Home, 806 E. Grand Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Services will be held on Monday, Jan. 4, at Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre. Family hour will start at 10 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m.
For more information, call (313) 923-1122.