Meet Your City Council
MAYOR MICHAEL VAN WINKLE – Email
City Council Service: Elected in 2008 to first term. Re-elected in November 2012. Elected as Mayor November 2014. Re-elected November 2016
Term Expires: November 2018
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, StanCOG Policy Board, Stanislaus County City Selection Committee, Central Valley Division Executive Committee, Joint City/School Board Committee
VICE-MAYOR JOSE ALDACO – Email
City Council Service: Appointed to Waterford City Council in January 2007. Elected in November 2008. Re-elected in 2012, Re-elected November 2016
Term Expires: November 2020
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, Human Resources, and Assistant Superintendent.
Mr. Aldaco possesses a Master’s 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. Mr. Aldaco’s teaching credential are: Multiple Subject Credential/BCLAD with supplemental credentials in English and Spanish; Education Specialist Instruction Credential – Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Early Childhood Special Education with added authorization to conduct services with individuals in the autism spectrum disorders.
Community Involvement: Waterford Lions Club, Director; Waterford Heritage Day, Chairman; Stanislaus Economic Development & Work Alliance, Board Member; California State University, Stanislaus, Advisory Board Member; Great Valley Writing Project, Teacher Consultant.
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, StanCOG Policy Board, Oversight Board to Successor Agency of Former RDA.
COUNCIL MEMBER KEN KRAUSE – Email
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, The Elks Lodge, The Moose Lodge, 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, Joint City/School Board Committee
COUNCIL MEMBER JOSHUA WHITFIELD – Email
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 home from the Army, he served for four years as the Waterford Youth Basketball League Director and has served for four years as a Waterford High School Football Assistant Coach, which he continues to do today. In 2015 he became the Athletic Director and Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Waterford High School. In 2008, Josh was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame for his military service and his time with the 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. Josh is a proud supporter of Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project, Relay for Life and Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
Community Involvement: Waterford High School Athletic Director, Waterford High School Girls Basketball Head Coach, Waterford High School Football Assistant Coach, Waterford Youth Basketball League Director (2008-2012), Veterans Issues Advocate,
Committees: Community Development Committee, County Disaster Council, Stanislaus County Economic Development Committee
COUNCIL MEMBER THOMAS POWELL – Email
City Council Service: Elected in 2016 to first term.
Term expires: November 2020
Community Vision: Maintain strong police services with strong accountability to our citizens an make sure they have the tools and support of our community to keep Waterford a safe place to live and raise a family. Maintain strong fiscal responsibility, have clear leadership and transparencies of City Hall to the citizens of our community. Continue progress on economic development but maintain our small town atmosphere. Maintain a clear and positive relationship with city employees to ensure continued quality of service for the citizens of Waterford.
Background: Before retirement, Thomas was employed with the County of Sonoma in Transportation, Public works, Bridge division. He was responsible for procuring materials and keeping inventory of supplies needed for construction of and maintenance of bridge structures, retaining walls, pile driving, carpentry, concrete finishing,welding and heavy equipment operation while supervising a crew of five.
Community Involvement: A member of the Waterford Lions club, the Modesto Ford F100 car club, former member of Waterford Planning Commission, and Waterford Community Development Committee. Announcer for the Waterford High School Football, Heritage Day Parade, and the City of Waterford Lighted Christmas Parade. Thomas is also a member of the California Kamloops, where they propagate Kamloop trout at Shasta Lake Ca. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and car show’s through out our region.