Battle Ground City Councilor and longtime high school teacher Bill Ganley died over the weekend after a yearslong battle with cancer. He was 57.Those who knew him well described Ganley as a dedicated public servant and inspiring teacher who was willing to mentor others and who had done much to shape the city.Ganley taught and coached track at Battle Ground High School for 28 years, then took a job in 2010 teaching social studies at Summit View High School. His service in city government began in 1991, when he joined the Battle Ground Planning Commission.In 1993, he was elected to the Battle Ground City Council, winning re-election after each of his four-year terms. His current term was set to expire at the end of next year. Ganley also served as the city’s mayor from 1997 to 2001, and he spent time representing the city on the C-Tran Board of Directors and the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council.News of Ganley’s death spread over the weekend on social media, with many local leaders and former students expressing their sadness over the loss.One shared a story about Ganley’s generosity. Battle Ground City Councilor Shane Bowman recalled in a post on Facebook how he tried to unseat Ganley nearly eight years ago and lost.