Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-07-17 17:04:00 –
Elko, Nevada (AP) — Elko City Council member died of COVID-19.
William Hans, 55, tested positive for the coronavirus and died Wednesday at a lodge in Lowman, Idaho, said Mike Johnson, deputy coroner in Boise County. Elco Daily Free Press. He was elected to the council in 2018.
“We are stunned and saddened by Bill’s sudden death,” said Mayor Reese Keener. “Hans City Councilor was a devoted civil servant who loved his community and always tried to do the right thing. He will be greatly missed.”
According to Keener, Hans was a veteran of the US Air Force. He was also a businessman and owned Ruby Mountain Lock & Safe at the Ruby Mountain Pawn shop.
Mayor Curtis Calder said Hans was a longtime employee of the Nevada Department of Transportation. He was a board member of the Elko TV District and the Central Dispatch Administration Authority.
According to Johnson, Hans was the owner of the lodge in Idaho, where he died. He was reportedly attending the case of his mother, who died in an accident on the Mountain City Highway last month.
Keener said Hans was “always a stable voice of reason.”
“He had a way to get through the facts and come up with a good solution,” Keener said.