BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A civilian employee who worked for the Baltimore Police Department for 24 years has died due to complications from COVID-19, city officials said Monday.

Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced Katiza Melette’s death in an email Monday evening, calling her “a beloved civilian employee.”

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She served “with dedication and distinction, and served as a model public servant throughout her career,” they said.

“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Ms. Melette, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time,” Scott said. “This loss demonstrates that all of us continue to be vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that we continue to be diligent and vigilant in following public health guidelines that are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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Melette is not the first police department employee to die from the virus; in April, Michael Baptist, a contract services specialist within the department’s human resources section, died from the virus.


Earlier this month, city officials announced the death of public works supervisor Charles Johnson, who spent two weeks in the hospital due to the virus.

In October, city leaders announced an employee within the health department’s Bureau of School Health had died. The employee, whose name was not provided, worked for the department since 2006.

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CBS Baltimore Staff