South Beloit Mayor Mike Duffy has died at the age of 68.
He was elected in 2011, following a four-decade career in education. He is being praised for a lifetime of public service, and a commitment to creating a comprehensive land use plan for the city.
Duffy also was serving as interim superintendent of the Durand School District at the time of his unexpected death. Previously, he served as superintendent of South Beloit schools for 15 years until his retirement. The South Beloit school district website features a tribute to Duffy, saying “the impact he had on our District will be felt for generations.”
City officials say he died of natural causes Friday morning.