Harvey Hall, who served four terms as mayor of Bakersfield, and founded a namesake ambulance company that serves the majority of the surrounding county, has died. He was 77.
Hall Ambulance Service said its founder died Saturday after being treated for what the firm called a "rapidly progressing disease." He had become ill in mid-April.
Hall was the 25th mayor of Bakersfield from 2001 through 2016, making him the city's longest-serving chief executive. He decided not to seek a fifth term.
His successor, Mayor Karen Goh, called him "an outstanding community leader and a beloved friend."
"He gave his heart, time and resources to our city," Goh said.