El Dorado County Animal Services welcomes back Brzezinski as chief
The El Dorado County Health Services Department has announced the appointment of Henry Brzezinski to the position of chief of animal services. Brzezinski, a veteran in the animal care field, has been working as the general manager of the Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority for the past two years and previously served as the chief of El Dorado County Animal Services from January 2003 through June 2008. Brzezinski officially returned to his role of El Dorado County Animal Services Chief on April 5.
“It is great to be back in El Dorado County,” Brzezinski said in a prepared release. “While I enjoyed my work in Santa Cruz very much, I also greatly missed the community here and the relationships I had established with the local animal welfare groups, the county staff and the residents.”
Brzezinski says those relationships, as well as the smaller community and more rural nature of El Dorado County, were strong reasons for his decision to return. He was selected after the Health Services Department conducted a nationwide recruitment effort to fill the position.
Brzezinski brings 27 years of experience in the animal care and control field. In addition to his work in El Dorado and Santa Cruz counties, Brzezinski also served in lead positions on the East Coast, including the role of executive director for the Humane Society of the Midlands, South Carolina, and field investigator for the Humane Society of the United States. In 2001 he received the Silver Crescent award from South Carolina’s governor in recognition of his commitment to animal welfare.
Brzezinski’s accomplishments in El Dorado County from 2003 to 2008 included leading Animal Services through numerous high profile animal rescue efforts, including the Angora Fire and several animal cruelty cases, and the expansion and remodel of the animal shelter in South Lake Tahoe.
Moving forward, Brzezinski hopes to continue working collaboratively with the community and local agencies on animal issues, to enhance awareness and community education efforts, and keep animal adoption rates as high as possible.
“I’d also like to review and update our county animal ordinances, as well as ultimately help oversee the building of a new animal shelter on the western slope of the county when economic conditions are right,” Brzezinski said.
Brzezinski will oversee all county animal services operations, including field services and the shelters in Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. He can be reached at (530) 621-5795. Information about programs and services offered through El Dorado County Animal Services is available by visiting http://www.edcgov.us/animalservices.
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