Willis Swan has served on the Nevada Rural Housing Authority Board of Commissioners since 2003. He was brought on just months before current Executive Director Gary Longaker was hired and considers selecting Gary one of his most savvy Board accomplishments.
Since retiring from a 38-year career in mining, Willis has developed quite a track record of community and public service, including being named Public Official of the Year in 1998 by the Nevada League of Cities.
For 16 years, Willis served as a Fallon City Councilman. In addition to serving on the NRHA Board, Willis is Chairman of the Churchill Economic Development Authority, Churchill County Board of Equalization, Chairman of the Churchill Planning Commission, Past President of Nevada League of Cities, Vice Chair of Western Municipal Conference and serves on the Carson Water Subconservancy District. He is president of the Fallen Leaf Mutual Water Company, a member of the State All Hazardous Materials Advisory Council, the Western Nevada Development District Board, Western Nevada Housing Consortium Board, and the State Land Advisory Board. And, when he isn’t planning, directing, or guiding Churchill County policy, he serves as director of the Fallon Youth Club.
A background in mining and metallurgy—at companies that include Kennametal Inc, The Goldfield Consolidated Mines, Inc and ASARCO, Inc.—coupled with his vast municipal experience, give Willis keen insight into the unique challenges of rural economic and community development. He brings this perspective to the NRHA Board working closely with the development division.
Willis plans to continue guiding NRHA in its work upgrading tenant facilities while helping the organization to develop new programs that meet the affordable housing needs of rural Nevada.