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Memorial service to be held Friday for longtime Placer Sheriff Bill Scott

Service, reception open to all
By: Staff Report
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A memorial service will be held in honor of retired Placer County Sheriff William “Bill” Scott, who passed away March 27. 

Scott, who was raised in Auburn, was a World War II Army veteran and later was elected to serve as Placer County’s Sheriff. He held the post for 25 years. 
 
A funeral will be held for Scott 10 a.m. Friday at Parkside Church of the Nazarene located on 3885 Richardson Drive in Auburn. The public is welcome to attend the service. Following the funeral, a procession will follow through Old Town Auburn and out to Newcastle cemetery where the family will hold a private internment. 
 
Following the internment, a reception open to friends, family and the public will be held at 2 p.m. in the Sierra Building at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. 
 
During his career as a sheriff, Scott led security during the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. He also worked to establish a station at Burton Creek in Tahoe City. Before then, resident deputies patrolled the region.
 
Scott also helped the FBI arrest one of the country’s 10-most wanted men in Cape Horn, which is located east of Colfax. 
 
Scott served as president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association, the California Peace Officers’ Association, and the California State Coroners’ Association. Current Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner is the only other Placer sheriff to serve as president of the sheriffs’ association.
 
In a previous Journal article, Bonner described Scott as an “innovator and leader.” 
 
“He was an innovator and a leader and that’s looking through the rearview mirror of life,” Bonner said. “When you look back at his time in the organization … it was amazing.”