LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Lebanon County Commissioner William “Bill” Ames died on Tuesday, Dec. 28, from COVID-19 complications, according to a press release from the Lebanon County Commissioners’ office.

Ames, a Republican, became a county commissioner in 2012. He “has served, for the last ten years, with a forthright desire to confront fiscal and social issues that challenge counties on a daily basis,” the release states.

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“His consistent approach was always to be a listener, to give thoughtful consideration, and to make fair decisions. He always gave his time and his ear to everyone, often offering to help their plight or cause in any way he could. His contributions and his presence will be greatly missed,” the release continues.

Democratic Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz says while she and Ames disagreed on a lot of things, they did get a lot accomplished together, like preserving farms, extending the rail trail, and more.

The president judge will guide the process of replacing Ames, putting out a call for letters of intent and biographies to review. Litz says the law doesn’t spell out a timeline, so they won’t rush the process.