NEW BEDFORD — If you're wondering why flags around New Bedford are flying at half staff today, wonder no more.

Mayor Jon Mitchell announced yesterday that flags on city buildings would be flown at half staff in honor of former city councilor and first female acting mayor Dr. Cynthia Kruger, who passed away on July 2 at the age of 79.

Dr. Kruger was a Ward 3 city councilor for 16 years.

As City Council President, she briefly became acting mayor from December 1982 until January 1983 after former mayor John Markey resigned.

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She was the first woman to hold the position.

"I was saddened to learn of the passing of Cynthia Kruger," Mayor Mitchell wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday.

"Cynthia deeply loved New Bedford, and in her decades of service, always gave the City her best. In honor of that service, I have ordered flags at all City buildings be lowered to half-staff."

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