Bill Briner recognized for community service |

Bill Briner recognized for community service

From left: District 5 Supervisor Bruce Kranz and long time civic leader Bill Briner, who was honored by the Placer County Board of Supervisors in Auburn.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors honored six people Tuesday, Nov. 25 for outstanding community service, presenting them with commemorative coins created for a county citizen-recognition program.

The board created the program in December 2002 to recognize outstanding citizens who have long track records of community service, have performed heroic acts or participated in little-known but commendable feats.

Supervisors choose recipients from their districts. Some who were honored Tuesday:

– Bill Briner (District 5), a Tahoe resident and former county supervisor active in state, local and regional issues.

– Captain Ed Zimmerman (District 2), a rural Lincoln resident who has served in the volunteer fire department more than 20 years.

– Randy Elder (District 3), who was a driving force behind the successful Loomis Fire Protection District Assessment.

– Ray Johnston (District 4), leader of Bayside Churches, whose organization extends a helping hand to people in need from Placer County to countries abroad.

The commemorative coins feature the county seal and the word “hero” with an eagle, a star and sun rays in the background.

The second side of the coin was designed by J. Randal Smith, an Auburn native who is a nationally-known artist. His design won a competition coordinated by the Arts Council of Placer County.

Bill Briner, District 5

Bill Briner was a member of the Board of Supervisors from 1961 to 1972, and continued to serve in important ways, bringing changes that continue to serve local communities and the region today.

He worked with the Placer County Water Agency on the Middle Fork Project, a project ultimately responsible for saving 200,000 acre feet of water for Placer County landowners each year, a point of county pride.

Bill also started Sunnyside Lodge in 1946, the Bi-Tri Group that became the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and worked with the Tahoe City Public Utilities District until 1983.

He served as Director of California State Parks from 1983 to 1990.

“We want to thank him for his many years of service,” District 5 Supervisor Bruce Kranz told the gathering before presenting Bill with his coin.

For information, contact Public Information Officer Anita Yoder at (530) 889-4012 or visit

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