The City of Winters City Council, after a national recruitment conducted by Peckham & McKenney Inc., have selected Kathleen Salguero Trepa as their next City Manager. Of 112 applicants from over 20 states, 6 candidates were invited to participate in interviews with the City’s leadership team, community panel, and the City Council. The City Council approved an employment agreement and announced the appointment of Ms. Trepa during their October 20, 2020 City Council meeting.
Ms. Trepa comes to the City of Winters with nearly 25 years of experience in local government as well as six years in the private sector. Having recently served as Assistant City Manager with the City of Concord for over three years, she previously served the cities of Goleta, Claremont, San Marcos, and San Juan Capistrano, CA. Kathleen received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston University, magna cum laude. Her experience covers a broad range of municipal government services including, but not limited to, finance, IT, HR and economic development.
Mayor Wade Cowan shared the excitement of the City Council in welcoming Kathleen to Winters. “We interviewed a lot of great city manager candidates and are impressed with Kathleen’s specific qualifications and leadership experience. We are ready to have her join our dynamic community.”
Kathleen expressed her appreciation of the City Council’s selection. “Thank you to the City Council for selecting me as their next City Manager. I am excited and honored to join the Winters’ team, and I look forward to getting to know the community and staff.”
Originally from a small town in New England, Kathleen is a conversational Spanish speaker. She has two adult daughters; one works in the wine industry and the other is a second-grade teacher in Oregon. She loves animals and will likely be seen around town with her rescue dog. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and is looking forward to exploring Putah Creek and the trails in the area. Kathleen’s first day in Winters will be November 9, 2020.
Friday Update 10-16-2020
Good Friday afternoon. It has been a super busy week here at City Hall. The biggest impact on my office this week was that the auditors that the City of Winters hires each year to audit our financial statements to be sure that they are accurate, spent the last 3 days here. This is a yearly happening, but it just takes a lot of time to answer questions that are brought up. Look for the CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) at a January or February City Council meeting. It will also be on the City of Winters website so that everyone can read it. It contains a lot of interesting information each year, but, I understand, some people find it extremely boring.
I also met with our Sales tax consultant, and, guess what? Sales tax revenues are down from the prior year. Not a surprise for anyone that visits our downtown. Merchants have been closed or had to pivot from normal operations to whatever was allowed by the State and County guidelines due the Covid-19 pandemic, and then there is the whole Lake Berryessa shut down since the fire impacting the sales of gasoline too.
Talking about the reduction in business activity and sales tax revenues leads me to the following topic: Covid-19 impacts and what can be done to help our business community as well as our residential community. City Staff spent time on Zoom with County Supervisor Saylor, CAO Patrick Blacklock, Mayor Cowan, Mayor Pro Tem Biasi, Chris Calvert from the Winters Chamber of Commerce, Chris Turkovich from the Winters Downtown Business District Association and others just this afternoon to discuss the ability to provide some relief from Covid impacts on both the business community and the residential community in the City of Winters. Things that were discussed include:
The National Election is in just over two weeks from now, November 3, 2020. Everyone should have received a ballot in the mail, and you can choose how to return that ballot. Below is a link to the City of Winters Youtube with information on how you can choose to return your ballot.
The Agenda for Tuesday October 20, 2020 includes the following items:
I am always surprised how quickly the items on the agenda increases. It seems that we start with just one or two items, and then we have many more things that the City Council needs to provide direction and approval on.
Interim City Manager
The City of Winters is now accepting applications to serve on the Fundraising Committee for Winters Senior Center Furniture and Fixtures through Friday, November 6th at 5:00 p.m. The Application for Appointment to City Board, Commission or Committee can be downloaded from the City of Winters website here. The City Council of the City of Winters approved the establishment of this fundraising committee at their October 6th City Council meeting. The Fundraising Committee for Winters Senior Center Furniture & Fixtures has been established to purchase items for the Winters Senior Center, which will soon be under construction, that are not included in grant and CDBG program income funds, which include but are not limited to: tables, chairs, kitchen utensils, televisions, couches, and major appliances as needed. The focus of the committee would be fundraising for the procurement of items needed to operate the Winters Senior Center and for the provision of a dedicated staff member to help operate the Winters Senior Center.
Prospective applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a Winters address. In appointing members to the Committee, the City Council shall endeavor to appoint a membership that represents the diversity of the City of Winters by race, age and gender.
The term of service is two years, or until a successor is appointed. A two-person subcommittee of the Winters City Council will review the submitted applications and select a limited number of applicants to be interviewed. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted and scheduled for their interviews.
Please email completed Applications of Interest in Appointed Positions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also drop completed applications off or mail to City of Winters, Attn: Tracy Jensen, City Clerk, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694.
For more information, call 530-794-6702.
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There will be no City Council meeting on August 4th.
The City Council will convene at their next regularly‐scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers and via teleconference (Zoom).