We are impressed, but not surprised, by John Hansens' work ethic.
The new Benton County coroner comes from a background where unusual, long and late hours simply are part of the territory.
For 31 years, Hansens was in law enforcement, 21 of them as a detective. For any police officer, 9-to-5 schedules are pretty much an elusive ideal.
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Hansens retired from police work in November, when he defeated fellow Republican Alberta Redwing for the coroner's position. (We had endorsed Redwing in a close decision, but said we were sure that Hansens could do the job.)
The retirement was a matter of course.
It was not a matter of course that Hansens began volunteering in the coroner's office for the two months leading up to his taking over.
He had the job. It was his as a matter of law. He didn't need to impress anybody.
Yet he took on the difficult, emotional work voluntarily, just so he would be better prepared when his term began in January.
Procedural changes are under way at the coroner's office, partly as a result of what Hansens saw during his volunteer work.
We'll say it again: We're impressed.
This is fidelity to duty by someone who knows exactly what that concept means.