By Michelle Rindels and Riley Snyder
The Nevada Independent
Former Sparks Mayor Geno Martini called former Reno mayor Bob Cashell his “partner in crime.”
Bob Cashell, the former longtime mayor of Reno and Nevada lieutenant governor known for his big personality, died on Tuesday at a Reno hospital. He was 81.
Jim Bauserman, a family friend, confirmed the news to The Nevada Independent. A source close to the family says he had heart problems and died after a brief illness.
Community leaders, including current Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, offered tributes on Tuesday.
“He touched so many with his larger than life personality,” Schieve said on Twitter. “He loved the entire Reno community like they were his very own family. His legacy will forever be remembered as one of Reno’s greatest!”
Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted his thanks for Cashell serving Nevada “with humility & integrity,” while former Sparks Mayor Geno Martini called Cashell his “partner in crime.” Rep. Mark Amodei called him “a true Nevada icon.”
Cashell presided over a period of massive growth and development for the city, including construction of a homeless shelter, the Reno Aces ballpark, a massive train trench running through downtown, a new City Hall and public plaza and other major projects. His 12-year term as mayor was also defined by efforts to reduce the city’s blight, a task unfulfilled during his term as the 2008 recession stressed the city’s finances.
Construction of Reno’s 2.2 mile train trench — known officially as the Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor — was one of Cashell’s biggest accomplishments during his term. On the drawing board for decades, the project cost more than $282 million and was completed in 2006, eliminating 11 street-level railroad crossings.
Cashell was also a driving force behind construction of the Reno Aces stadium, and later a controversial refinancing plan that saw the