The San Bernardino County
announces the passing of former Board of Supervisor Chairman Dennis Hansberger
of Redlands, California. Hansberger
served on the Board of Supervisors representing the 3rd District for
20 years, from 1972 until 1980 and then again from 1996 until 2008. He was
selected by his fellow Board members to serve as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
from 1975 until 1977 and again from 2002 until 2004.
Supervisor Hansberger counted among his greatest accomplishments the building
of the Seven Oaks Dam, the San Timoteo Creek Project, securing federal funding
to combat blight, his efforts to restore the public's trust in local
government, and the expansion of the San Bernardino County Museum, the board of
which he served upon until his death.
Chairman Hansberger was born on Oct. 1, 1941 in Redlands, the son of Leroy and
Helen Hansberger. A graduate of Redlands High School, he attended San
Bernardino Valley College and UC Riverside, studying geology, world literature,
and business administration.
Seventy-eight year-old Dennis
Hansberger passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 after a brief illness.
Dennis and wife Karen have four adult children. Karen is Dr. Karen Gaio Hansberger,
Chief Medical Officer of the Inland Empire Health Plan.
He spoke about starting his business career at a young age cleaning out the
inside of mixing drums on cement trucks, working the night shift while
attending school. By the age of 23, he had become financial manager for
Tri-City Concrete Company in Redlands."
"He was a maverick when that's what was needed to move this county forward in a positive direction," Vice Chair Gonzales added. "Dennis was never afraid to say what needed to be said and bring up new ideas and fresh approaches. We fought some tough battles together, and I will miss his presence in our county community. He was an honorable man."
Hansberger was elected to his first term as 3rd District Supervisor in 1972, and a little more than two years later became youngest Board Chairman among California's 58 counties.