Former Detroit Public Safety Foundation executive director Cathy Govan dies

DETROIT – Cathy Govan, former executive director of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, has passed away.

“She fought cancer with great courage in recent years, but today she succumbed to COVID-19 after a short time in hospital,” said the foundation in a Facebook post on Friday. “Her kindness and commitment to Detroit public safety have made her a respected leader.”

Govan was a director from 2013 to 2017.

She was instrumental in the Detroit Police Department’s 150th anniversary celebration, according to the foundation. She also opened the Detroit Police Museum & Gift Shop and hosted the first Women in Blue and Above & Beyond celebrations.

Govan helped develop the Drive to Thrive program and raised funds to reinstate the Detroit Mounted Police Unit.


“She has been a good friend to many and a great supporter of Detroit. We send our condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time, ”the article reads.

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