The City of Waterford City Council regularly meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers at the new City Hall, 101 E Street.
A City Council is a form of government which is used in many towns and cities around the world. The members of the council are elected by the citizens, and they work together to pass laws, make general policies, supervise city government, and appropriate funds for various needs. The work of a City Council is usually supported by a number of specialized commissions which focus on specific issues like police, urban planning, and public works. The meetings of city council are open to the public, and public input is welcomed.
The City of Waterford was organized as a General Law City in 1969. The City operates under the Council-Manager form of government with the City Council members elected at large for 4-year terms and the Mayor elected for a 2-year term. The City Manager is appointed by and serves under the direction of the Waterford City Council. The City Council is the legislative body of the City and is directly responsible to the electorate with respect to the establishment of policies relating to City operations and finances. Members of the Council also serve as the Governing Board for the City’s Redevelopment Agency and Public Financing Authority.
The City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk’s office. Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk’s office is 101 E Street, Waterford, California 95386. The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC’s website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/.
MEET YOUR CITY COUNCIL
MAYOR MICHAEL VAN WINKLE
City Council Service: Elected in 2008 to first term. Re-elected in November 2012. Elected as Mayor November 2014.
Term expires: November 2016
Community Vision: Bring more Businesses to Waterford. Start improvements on the River Park Trails. Capital projects for improving Waterford.
Background: Has lived in Waterford since 2005 with his wife Lynn, two daughters Kaci and Kati. Enjoys camping, fishing and traveling. Is a member of the Electrical Union IBEW local 595 and work in the Bay Area. Graduated from Downy High School in Modesto where he grew up.
Community Involvement: Waterford Lions Club, chair the La Grange Rodeo Event, and a member of the River Park citizens group.
Committees:Waterford Government Center Planning Committee, WPFA COP Refinancing Committee, Stanislaus County Economic Development Action Committee, and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Special City Selection Committee
City Council Service: Appointed to Waterford City Council in January 2007. Elected in November 2008. Re-elected in 2012
Term expires: November 2016
Community Vision: A safe living environment, community organizations that promote unity, and equal representation to his constituents.
Background: Has lived in Waterford since 2004. Leader in education for over a decade rooted to the Waterford Unified School District and to the City of Waterford. His strong leadership, organizational skills, and educational experiences are well matched with the interests and expectations expressed by many organizations that seek success and positive outcomes. His long-term commitment to Waterford Unified School District has provided him the opportunity to develop collaborative partnerships, necessary to embrace the changes facing public education through the recent reform efforts such as Race to the Top during these fiscally challenging times. He has served in different roles within the Waterford Unified School District as classroom teacher, Summer School Principal, Assistant Principal, Principal, District EL Coordinator, Director of Educational Services, and Assistant Superintendent.
Mr. Aldaco possesses a Masters Degree from Brandman University in the area of Curriculum and Instruction and a Teaching and Administrative Credential and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Stanislaus with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Bilingual Bi-literate with an emphasis in Spanish.
Community Involvement: Waterford Lions Club, Director; Waterford Heritage Day, Chairman; Central California Child Development Center, Board of Directors; Stanislaus Economic Development & Work Alliance, Board Member; California State University, Stanislaus, Advisory Board Member; Great Valley Writing Project, Teacher Consultant; International Association of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Certified Instructor.
Committees:StanCOG Policy Board, Stanislaus County Local Task Force on Solid Waste Management, Stanislaus County Economic Development and Workforce Alliance Board, and Stanislaus County Travel & Tourism Committee
City Council Service: Elected to Waterford City Council in November 1998. Appointed in April 2005. Appointed in December 2008. Elected in November 2010. Elected in November 2014
Term expires: November 2018
Community Vision: Instill more pride in our City. Bring more business and jobs to Waterford. Cleanup blighted areas and repair streets. Enhance our current park system including the Tuolumne River park and trail system. Work closer with all community groups and Waterford School District to ensure the very best for Waterford. Complete the Government Center to enhance our old downtown area. Work with in our budget to keep Waterford financially secure.
Background: Has lived in Waterford since 1995. A Widower as of January 2011 with 6 children, 23 Grandchildren, and 24 Great Grandchildren. Enjoy family and friends as well as cruising and travel. Retired from Dot Foods in 2010. Graduated from Hayward High School.
Community Involvement: Waterford Planning Commission 1997/1998, Waterford Lions Club, Waterford River Park citizens group, Waterford Heritage Committee, and Clamper Estanilaus 58. Takes pride in seeing and hearing all the great things going on in our City, including from: the schools, churches, 4H Club, Future Farmers of America, Tri W women’s group, Waterford Baseball Softball Association, our City’s soccer and basketball programs, and Saber Cats Football.
Committees: Waterford Traffic Committee, Waterford Government Center Planning Committee, Historical Society, and City Audit Liaison Committee, Stanislaus County Economic Development Action Committee, Stanislaus County Travel & Tourism Committee, and Central Valley Division Executive Committee for the League of California Cities
COUNCIL MEMBER JOSHUA WHITFIELD
City Council Service: Elected in November 2013 to fill vacant council seat and serve remainder of term. Elected November 2014.
Term expires: November 2018
Community Vision: Generation of new revenue through limited growth, continue sound fiscal policies, a networked and safer community.
Background: Josh moved to Waterford with his parents at the age of four. He attended Moon Elementary School, Waterford Middle School, Hickman Middle School and Graduated in 2005 from Hughson High School. Josh served in the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout from 2005 till 2009. Josh has received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals during his service. After returning from the Army, Josh purchased a home in Waterford. He served for four years as the Waterford Youth Basketball League Director and has served for three years as a Waterford High School Football Assistant, which he continues to do today. In 2008 Josh was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame for his military service and his time with the facilities Aviation Challenge Program. Josh has been a leader in advocating for local Veterans and Veterans issues. He was recognized as the 25th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year in 2011. Josh now works in the Public Affairs arena for Meridian Pacific, a national public affairs firm. He also helped start locally owned Sentinel Group LLC, which is a media production and marketing startup. Josh plans on obtaining a Master’s degree from Stanislaus State in Business Administration and remains dedicated to local issues and causes. Josh is a proud supporter of Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project, Relay for Life and Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
Community Involvement: Tuolumne River Recreational League Treasurer, Waterford Chamber of Commerce Member, Waterford High School Football Program Assistant, Waterford Youth Basketball League Director (4 Years), San Joaquin Area Veterans Issues Advocate,
COUNCIL MEMBER JOHN GOTHAN
City Council Service: Elected November 2014.
Term expires: November 2018