Beaver Dam Common Council President Don Neuert died Saturday night.

Neuert served as the Ward 10 alderman for 11 years. He was previously the chairman of the Administrative Committee and was elected council president in April. In addition, he served as IT Strategy Committee (ad hoc) and health liaison in Beaver Dam.

“He was such a great representative for the citizens of Beaver Dam and a very positive, supportive influence for myself, council and city staff,” Mayor Becky Glewen said in a statement Monday announcing Neuert’s passing.

Neuert was also a program manager with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in Madison. In March, he completed a master of arts degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He was the recipient of the “Zimbardo Award,” which is given to the member of each graduating cohort who best embodies Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s example of combined scientific and applied excellence.

“I will miss his valuable insight and especially his friendship,” Glewen said. “My thoughts and prayers are with Don’s wife Kelly, daughter Hannah, and family and friends at this difficult time.”

Administrative Committee Chairperson Lisa Davidson said news of Neuert’s death was shocking and devastating.

“He was a wonderful friend, father, colleague, and this is a significant loss to the people of Beaver Dam,” she said.

Davidson said Neuert aspired to be council president for some time and was devoted to improving the health of Beaver Dam.

“Don was very passionate about improving the health of our community,” she said in a statement. “He was very excited to see the dog park come to fruition, as well as the progress being made through the Blue Zones initiative. He was also a diehard fan of the Seattle Seahawks and always loved to talk football. Don was also someone who supported the community and took time to be visible at events throughout the year.”

Operations Committee Chairman Robert Ballweg said in an email that he is shocked, saddened and speechless.

“Don was one of the alderpersons that I and other alderpersons could rely on for insightful discussions and to bounce ideas off,” he said. “I am proud to have served with Don as a colleague, but mostly as a friend. We will miss his leadership.”

Library Board Director Sue Mevis wrote in an email that Neuert was supportive of the Beaver Dam Community Library and she appreciated his help with health issues and his thoughts at library meetings.

“He was always willing and ready to help us out in this area,” Mevis said.

A memorial gathering will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Beaver Dam Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 6 p.m.

Ben Rueter covers Beaver Dam, Horicon and Juneau city governments for the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.