Gov. Rick Snyder lowers flags in honor of former state Rep. Thaddeus Stopczynski

Tuesday, Sept.19, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today has ordered U.S. flags and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff today within the state Capitol complex in honor of former state Rep. Thaddeus Stopczynski, who died September 14, 2017.

“Ted was a devoted public servant who will be remembered for his commitment to the people of Detroit and all Michiganders,” Snyder said. “My heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and community.”

Ted was a former state representative of the State of Michigan, serving from 1973 to 1982. Prior to that, he served as a Detroit police officer from 1962 to 1973 and as chairman of Detroit School Board Region 6. Ted also served as director of legislative liaison for the Michigan State Police from 1983 to 2002, before retiring in 2002.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full staff on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.