City of Poughkeepsie 8th Ward Councilman Tracy Hermann die suddenly, Mayor Rob Rolison and City Council Chairman Chris Petsas confirmed Thursday.

"Tracy was a dedicated public servant whose passion for this city showed through in everything he did and in return he was beloved by the people of Poughkeepsie," Rolison said in a prepared statement Thursday afternoon.

Hermann was elected to the City of Poughkeepsie Council in 2014, championing issues related to economic development, blight caused by abandoned properties and youth services. He was named executive director of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center a little over a month ago. The Marist graduate was also a principal with Swing Communications. He is survived by his husband, Matt, and daughter, Roxy.

"Tracy was the true embodiment of public service," Petsas said in a prepared statement. "His love for this city was unparalleled and was the driving force behind all he did for Poughkeepsie."