Behind the Badge, Who We Are
- Chief Miller
- Sergeant Ramos
- Sergeant Hermosillo
- Sergeant Cardoza
- Officer Brown
- Officer Barajas
- Officer Letterman
- Officer Kenney
- Officer Cueto
- Officer Sanchez
- Reserve Officer Vegas
- Reserve Officer Ramirez
- Administrative Coordinator Jimenez
- Community Services Officer Andrea Gonzalez
- Community Services Officer Shelly Duenas
- Volunteer Williams
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Chief Miller
Chief John P. Miller came to the Winters Police Department in July 2016 and is the 10th Police Chief to serve the City of Winters since the Office of Chief of Police was established by ordinance on December 24, 1937.
Chief Miller was drawn to public service from an early age. His dad retired as a Captain with the Berkeley Fire Department after serving 32 years and his mom retired after serving 25 years as a Dispatcher with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department. Chief Miller’s older brother also recently retired as a Captain with the San Jose Fire Department after serving 28 years there and many of his cousins are nurses and teachers.
Chief Miller started his law enforcement career as a Law Enforcement Explorer (“Cadet”) with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department when he was 14 years old. At 21, he became a Reserve and Per Diem Deputy Sheriff, working Detention and Patrol.
After graduating from California State University, Hayward with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, option in Personnel Administration and Industrial Relations, he attended the Napa Valley Basic Police Academy. He was hired by the Vacaville Police Department while in the academy and served there for nearly six years, during which time he was a K9 Handler, SWAT Team member, Honor Guard member, and Explorer Advisor. He and three other officers were awarded the Department’s Medal of Valor for their part in a critical incident in July 1997, the first time the award was bestowed in the Department’s history.
Chief Miller transferred to the Vallejo Police Department in January 2001 where he served for over nine years. In addition to the Patrol Division, he had the opportunity to work in the Community Services Division and the Professional Standards Division. He was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant and served as a SWAT Team Leader, Honor Guard member, Explorer Advisor, Recruitment Team, Field Training Officer, and a Force Options Instructor, becoming a certified instructor on firearms, defense tactics, impact weapons, chemical agents, and less lethal alternatives, such as the TASER. In 2008, he was selected to be the Department Rangemaster, overseeing all firearms and defense tactics training for the Department. During his time with the Vallejo Police Department, he was awarded the Medal of Merit twice, Medal of Good Conduct, and earned the “10851” award for recovering stolen vehicles. He also taught at the Napa Valley Police Academy teaching firearms, use of force, and weapons law and he returned to school, earning his Executive Master’s in Public Administration (with Honors) from Golden Gate University.
Chief Miller was hired as a Police Commander with the City of Pacific Grove in Monterey County in May 2010 where he oversaw all field operations of the Department including Patrol, special events, and training. Additionally, he served as the Tactical Commander for the Monterey Peninsula Regional Special Response Team (SRU) and had the opportunity to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy, a 10-week executive leadership training program held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Chief Miller served at the Pacific Grove Police Department for nearly four years, but family demands required him to return to the Northern San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento region. He transferred to the Fairfield Police Department as a Police Officer and enjoyed working “graveyard” Patrol again, especially with new officers and the recently promoted Sergeants. In early 2016, a unique opportunity presented itself - the City of Winters was looking for a Chief of Police! Chief Miller reached out to city staff, business and community leaders, and met with the interim Police Chief, Joe Kreins. Chief Miller was enthralled with the possibility of serving as the Police Chief of the Winters Police Department because he felt he could put his experience and training to full use in a wonderful and supportive community and he was honored to be selected as the Chief of Police. Chief Miller has continued his professional education and graduated from the very first California Police Chiefs Association Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker as well as from the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Command College.
Throughout his career, Chief Miller has been supported by his wife and family. Chief Miller has a son and daughter, both in their early 20’s. His son became a Tiger Cub Scout in the first grade and Chief Miller was the Cub Scout Cubmaster and his wife was a Den Leader. Chief Miller later became an Assistant Scout Master and was exceptionally proud when his son earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His son is currently attending California State University, Sacramento where he is studying to become a special education teacher.
Chief Miller’s daughter was in 4-H for over 10 years and Chief Miller and his wife also served as 4-H Advisors. His daughter earned her 4-H Bronze Star and is currently attending school to become a Veterinarian Technician.
In his spare time, Chief Miller enjoys being outdoors. He is an avid hunter and free dives for abalone as well as spear-fishes along California’s North Coast. He and his wife are SCUBA certified and, in addition to the cold waters of California, they have dived warm water destinations such as Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize, and Hawaii. Chief Miller and his wife also enjoy CrossFit.
When asked why he became a police officer, Chief Miller refers to his favorite quote, which is an excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s famous speech, “Citizenship in a Republic”: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Sergeant Ramos
Sergeant Albert Ramos was raised in Winters and attended the local schools graduating from Winters High School in 1989. He was hired by now retired Winters Police Chief Steven C. Godden and an article in the Winters Express read, “Winters Hires Native Son Albert Ramos.”
Growing up in Winters, Sgt. Ramos knew most of the local officers and would talk to them often. Several of them, including Michael Cooper, Patrick Lawson, Robert Kays, Mari Alvarez, Terry Van Houten, Joseph Puccio, Eduardo Heredia, Sergio Gutierrez, Jose Ramirez, Lee Careaga, Al Doreo, Tony Martin, and Dewayne Keely were positive role models in the community and saw qualities in Sgt. Ramos they believed would be a good police officer so they encouraged him to join law enforcement.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Sgt. Ramos worked as a clerk at Yolo County Traffic Division. On his breaks, he would go into the courtroom and watch the traffic court trials. After court, he would speak to officers and judges about how they got started in their careers. After speaking with them, several suggested he should attend the police academy which drew him more towards law enforcement. He attended the Sacramento Public Safety Center police academy and did “ride-alongs” with Sergeant Michael Cooper and Officer Jose Ramirez who worked for the Winters Police Department at that time. Sergeant Ramos joined the Winters Police Department in 1997.
Sgt. Ramos was recognized as the “Officer of the Year “in 1998. In 2004, he received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College and promoted to Corporal. In 2016 he promoted to Sergeant and in 2020 received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice also from Ashworth College.
Sgt. Ramos has always felt blessed to work and raise his family in Winters. He enjoys being ableto help people and give back to his community. During his time with the Winters Police Department he has worked as a School Resource Officer and Field Training Officer. He is currently assigned to patrol and oversees the Department’s Field Training Program and scheduling.
Sgt. Ramos is married with four children. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, listening to music,watching movies, taking walks, and spending time with family.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Sergeant Hermosillo
Sergeant Jose Hermosillo comes to the City of Winters via Mexico as an immigrant. Sergeant Hermosillo was born in the region of Jalisco where he was raised by his mother and father along with two siblings.
As a child and young boy Sergeant Hermosillo helped his Grandpa and father work the family farm. He was taught at an early age hard work and determination always pays off. During his time at the farm Sergeant Hermosillo worked the land for corn crops, grew a regional plant called maguey, raised pigs and steer, and helped his Grandpa with the dairy cows. On his mothers’ side, he helped his Grandpa with the lime harvests and raising lambs all while balancing his schoolwork.
Sergeant Hermosillo’s parents came to the United States as immigrants working as day laborers in the fields in the LA area. His mother’s father was heavily involved in the civil rights movement with Cesar Chavez in the National Farm Workers Association.
Eventually, the Hermosillo family moved to the Sacramento area were Sergeant Hermosillo began to learn English and attend school. Sergeant Hermosillo would spend about half the year in the United States where he had odd jobs to help with the family’s income. Sergeant Hermosillo worked as a field laborer, fast food employee and some construction work. Sergeant Hermosillo eventually graduated and obtained his high school diploma.
Before becoming a Police Officer, Sergeant Hermosillo obtained a certificate in auto body and repair. He worked at a hot rod shop restoring and building cars. In 2007 Sergeant Hermosillo attended the Police Academy and obtained his Basic POST Academy Certificate. He was hired by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department where he worked as a Deputy Sheriff and a Correctional Officer. He then transferred and worked for Williams Police Department.
In January 2014, Sergeant Hermosillo became a Winters Police Officer. During his time at the Department he has been part of the re-establishing the Reserve Officer Program, helped in establishing the Cadet program with Officer Alan Pinette, became an FTO and a grant writer.
Sergeant Hermosillo promoted to Sergeant in January 2019. As a Sergeant, he is involved with the hiring process, the FTO program as a training officer, a baton instructor, and he is the Use of Force and the Domestic Violence supervisor. Sergeant Hermosillo is also involved with the Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee.
If you ask Sergeant Hermosillo what was one of his motivations on becoming a Police Officer, he will tell you “There is a huge gap between law enforcement and the Hispanic community. I know this firsthand. I want to be a part in the closure of this gap. I want people to know we are here to help and if I can I’ll do anything to help”
When Sergeant Hermosillo is off duty, he enjoys spending his time with his wife, daughter, and son. They enjoy camping, traveling, competing in Spartan runs, Mud runs, and working on many house projects. Sergeant Hermosillo continues his passion and builds hot rods on occasion.
Behind the Badge, Who We Are: Sergeant Cardoza
Sergeant Manuel Cardoza started his law enforcement career with the City of Placerville as a patrol officer. He became a training officer and was a K-9 handler for a number of years.
Sergeant Cardoza changed departments in 2003 to the West Sacramento Police Department, where he worked patrol and was a motor officer for several years. He was also the department’s accident reconstructionist during that time as well, investigating all major injury accidents.
Sergeant Cardoza became a patrol supervisor for the Marysville Police department, where he worked from 2017 to 2022. Wanting to come back to Yolo County, Sergeant Cardoza saw a great opportunity when a Sergeant position became available for the City of Winters and applied.
Sergeant Cardoza holds a master’s degree in Police Administration and is an adjunct professor at Yuba College. Sergeant Cardoza is married and has a 13-year-old son. He and his wife of 15 years own a business in Sacramento that they enjoy running together. In his off-duty time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, golf, and camping
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Officer Brown
Officer Gordon Brown’s father retired from a Bay Area law enforcement agency as a Deputy Sheriff after a long career in law enforcement and public service. Officer Brown decided to follow in his father’s steps when he entered law enforcement in 2003 as a Community Service Officer (CSO) with the Fairfield Police Department. While with the Fairfield Police Department, he worked as a Patrol CSO, served as a member of the Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) team, and in the Traffic Unit as a Collision Investigator. While still working full-time as a CSO, Officer Brown enrolled in the Napa Valley Police Academy.
Officer Brown joined the Winters Police Department in 2012. In 2014, he was selected to be Officer of the Year and became the School Resource Officer (SRO), serving in that position until the end of 2017. He was actively involved in planning and establishing the first Citizen’s Academy, Public Safety Festival, Bicycle Safety Rodeos, and Youth Diversion programs. He worked with both businesses and sought private donations to start the Winters Police Department Youth Services Program, a nonprofit with the City to obtain bicycles and bicycle helmets for children. Officer Brown is currently assigned to Patrol and is a Field Training Officer (FTO). He also is on the Yolo County Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT).
Officer Brown decided to return to college in 2016 and obtained his bachelor’s degree in December of 2017. Most recently, Officer Brown has returned to the Napa Valley Police Academy but not as a student, as a scenario evaluator and a trained Academy Instructor.
When not working, Officer Brown enjoys reading books and taking his dog on long walks. Officer Brown also enjoys teaching martial arts to children and adults. Through martial arts, Officer Brown has made several lifelong friends as has traveled to a variety of locations. Most recently he visited Hawaii.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Officer Barajas
Officer Victor Barajas started his law enforcement career early as a Police Cadet with the Dixon Police Department. Prior to his job in law enforcement, Officer Barajas worked in the Winters area in agriculture and cultivation with local farmers and worked as a Security Officer at Cache Creek Casino Resort. Officer Barajas comes from a family of immigrants. His father has worked for the local farmers for over 30 years. Working in agriculture really showed Officer Barajas what it means to work hard.
Officer Barajas graduated from the Napa Valley College Police Academy and joined the WintersPolice Department in 2017. Officer Barajas is currently one of the only EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) instructors for Yolo County. Officer Barajas attended numerous training courses to keep up to date with changes with California Legislation.
Officer Barajas enjoys spending quality time with his wife and son. Officer Barajas and his family enjoy traveling and taking family vacations to places like Disneyland. Officer Barajas wanted to be a police officer to help better people’s lives and make his community a safer place for its members.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Officer Letterman
Officer Thomas Letterman joined the Winters Police Department in March of 2020. He graduated from the Napa Valley College Police Academy in 2007 as the Class Vice President. Officer Letterman was hired by the Citrus Heights Police Department a few weeks after graduation. He spent 6 ½ years with Citrus Heights Police Department as Reserve Police Officer before stepping away in 2014 to start a family. Officer Letterman’s goals with the Winters Police Department are to obtain his degree, become a Field Training Officer, join the Bicycle Unit, and eventually be promoted in the future.
Officer Letterman is excited to be a part of the Winters Police Department and able to serve the citizens in the City of Winters each day. In his free time, he enjoys barbecuing, fishing, going on bike rides with his wife and two children, and spending time with family and friends.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Officer Kenney
Officer Brandon Kenney grew up in Vallejo, CA. Officer Kenney was first introduced to law enforcement by his older brother who was a Napa Police Officer at the time. After riding along with his brother, Officer Kenney immediately applied to be a Police Explorer for the Vallejo Police Department.
Upon graduating from high school, Officer Kenney attended Solano Community College. Officer Kenney majored in Criminal justice and received his associate degree. He then transferred to Sacramento State to continue his education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. During his college years, Officer Kenney was also a Police Cadet with the Vallejo Police Department.
In 2014, Officer Kenney began a career working in Asset Protection Management for two large Retail Companies. He held a variety of roles including District Organized Retail Theft investigator and District Trainer.
With a passion to do more and return to law enforcement, Officer Kenney enrolled in Napa Valley Colleges Police Academy Recertification Class and graduated in March 2020.
Officer Kenney and his fiancé still live with their English Bulldog, Winston. They enjoy camping, skiing, going to sporting events and country concerts (when permitted), and taking weekend getaways to the mountains.
Officer Kenney hopes to bring his experience of working with different community groups and customer service to his new job in Winters. Officer Kenney is extremely excited to start this chapter of his life and hopes to make a difference every day.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Officer Cueto
Officer Darion Cueto was born in Quezon City, Philippines. His mother immigrated to the U.S. to give her family a better chance in life when he was nine and she later remarried in Los Angeles. Officer Cueto has an older sister who helped raised him while his father worked. Officer Cueto graduated grade school and high school in the Philippines. After high school, he took a few college courses before his mother petitioned him to move to the U.S. His first residence in the U.S was in Los Angeles. Living in the U.S gave him the hunger to know more about the culture.
Growing up in the Philippines community, family was very important to Officer Cueto as it is a huge part of the culture and being young and away from his family and friends in the Philippines was hard. So, from the ages of 20 to 25 years, he went back and forth between the Philippines and the U.S. During these 5 years, he worked various jobs while in the U.S. Most of the jobs he had were communication based. Because he knew having good communication skills was very important, especially as an immigrant. He worked as a swimming instructor, prescription bagger, and a bartender when I was in LA. After years of traveling back and forth between the U.S and the Philippines, he moved to Northern California to help my mother with her medical supply business.
As the time passed by, Officer Cueto decided to go after his dream job. In 2011, he went back to school and enrolled himself in the Napa Police Academy. His experience in communication-based jobs and his passion for fitness and martial arts helped him in the academy. As a mix-martial arts practitioner for almost 14 years, Officer Cueto has competed in different Jiujitsu, boxing, and mix martial arts tournaments. His training and competition experience helped him gain insights to persevere and face challenges. Because of those experiences, he was mentally and physically prepared to tackle any challenges in the academy. His time in the police academy was one of the best experiences he has had and graduating the academy was one of his proudest moments. Without any military experience or a college degree, he knew the competition to find a job would be difficult. He started applying for Reserve Police Officer positions to get his foot in the door and he was hired as a Level II Reserve Police Officer in Citrus Heights.
During his time as a Level II Reserve Officer, Officer Cueto was fortunate to experience the different complexities of law enforcement. He learned a more personal meaning of community policing and discovered there is a big learning curve to be a good police officer. After working for 10 months as a Level II Reserve, he was promoted to a Level I position. Unfortunately, he did not successfully pass the Field Training Program; however, he learned quite a bit from the experience. Because of his background in sports, he approached the failure as an obstacle and started to seek ways to improve his shortcomings. He went back to school and set a goal to get his Associates Degree in Communications., and after two years of taking classes, he completed that goal.
Although Officer Cueto faced previous adversity in his law enforcement career, he was even more determined and confident to be a good police officer. In September 2017, he was hired as a Reserve Police Officer with Winters Police Department and, after one month in the Field Training Program, he was hired as a full-time Police Officer.
During his time in Winters Police Department, he has participated in various assignments and events such as Bike Patrol Unit, Krav Maga Defense Tactics Instructor, probation and parole searches, various city events, and assisted Yolo County law enforcement agencies with critical incidents and special events. In 2018 he was nominated for the Officer of the Year and in 2019 he was received the Life Saving Medal.
Officer Cueto has been married for four years. He met his wife starting the police academy and she is his biggest supporter. He and his wife do everything together and their faith is the foundation of their relationship. Officer Cueto says he is very blessed to have a loving and supportive family.
Officer Cueto also serves the community through involvement in his church. He has led small groups sharing his passion for fitness and has volunteered with outreach programs to help the less fortunate families in the community. Choosing a career in law enforcement is something Officer Cueto has aspired to since he was young, and it utilizes his passion to serve. He feels the most important things in life are his family, his faith, and living his life with a purpose. He has a loving wife who supports his passion and goals and to help protect and improve the quality of life of the people around him is something he is honored to do. He is involved in his church that cultivates his relationship with God, and he is determined to make a difference in his sphere of influence.
Behind the Badge Who we are: Officer Sanchez
Ofc. Jesse Sanchez was born and raised in Sacramento California by his parents and along with his four other siblings. He attended high school in Sacramento where he wrestled and played football.
Ofc. Sanchez’ grandfather was the reason he wanted to be in law enforcement, and he always loved hearing his grandfather’s stories from when he was a Deputy in Mendocino County. Ofc. Sanchez also has an older brother who works as a Police Officer for the Lincoln (CA) Police Department.
Ofc. Sanchez always worked in some type of law enforcement job. One of his first jobs was working for the Los Rios Police Department as a Campus Security officer which made him want to be in law enforcement more.
Ofc. Sanchez started the California Peace Officers Stands and Training (POST) “Modular” Police Academy in 2018 at Sierra College and completed the final module at the Los Rios College Police Academy in 2019.
In his free time, he enjoys training and competing in Jiu-Jitsu and helping teach youth Jiu-Jitsu classes as well hiking, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Ofc. Sanchez is excited to be a part of the Winters Police Department and be able to serve the citizens in the City of Winters each day.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Reserve Officer Vegas
Reserve Officer Joseph Vegas started the Winters PD Field Training Program in September 2017; after completing the Basic Police Academy at the Napa Valley Criminal Justice Training Center. The state-mandated training requirements for a Reserve Police Officer are the same as a full-time Police Officer. Between his full-time job as a Mortgage Banking Director, he completed the minimum requirement of 400 hours training under the supervision of our certified Field Training Officers and was approved for solo patrol.
Officer Vegas comes from a family dedicated to public service and pursued becoming a Reserve Police Officer to honor his father, Augustine Vegas, who was killed in the line of duty in 2016. Augustine Vegas was a Richmond Police Officer for more than 20 years.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Reserve Officer Ramirez
Officer Adrian Ramirez grew up in Winters with his parents and three brothers and are first-generation Americans. His dad worked in the almond orchards around Winters and his mother worked at the Mariani Nut Company in Winters before I was born.
Growing up, Officer Ramirez was involved in sports like little league baseball, youth basketball, and junior football and would always be out and about with friends and brothers, riding bikes, playing cops and robbers, and enjoying the small-town atmosphere.
Officer Ramirez graduated from Wolfskill High School in 2008 and was introduced to the ROP Academy in his senior year, a program hosted by the Woodland Fire Department. He remained in the program after graduating high school and graduated with basic firefighter skills, including emergency medical services.
Officer Ramirez joined the Winters Volunteer Fire Department and took college courses at the Solano Community College that included General Education and Fire Science, as well as the Firefighter 1 Academy and EMT course, obtaining his EMT license. During this time, he worked multiple jobs including retail, delivering windows, working at a vet, and volunteering as a firefighter in Winters. Officer Ramirez also worked as a Firefighter 1 with Cal Fire from 2016 to 2020 in the Sonoma/Lake/Napa and Butte unit.
Officer Ramirez felt like he wanted something more out of his career and more opportunities to make a positive impact on people. He knew that in law enforcement he could get that opportunity and experience he was looking for. In addition, he wanted to change the negative perception some people have of law enforcement.
In June 2020, Officer Ramirez resigned from Cal Fire to pursue a career in law enforcement. He enrolled in the Basic Police Academy at the Napa Valley Community College and graduated in December 2020. Officer Ramirez joined the Winters Police Department on November 1, 2021.
Officer Ramirez’ hobbies include hiking, photography, and playing basketball. In the future, his goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Administrative Coordinator Jimenez
Administrative Coordinator Gail Jimenez began volunteering with the Winters Police Department in 2001. Jimenez was promoted to the position of Community Services Officer in 2006. She attended the Community Services Officer academy in Napa and also holds certificates in Crime Scene Investigations and Crime Prevention.
Jimenez was jointly assigned to the Property/ Evidence, Patrol, and Records divisions as a Community Services Officer. Jimenez has assisted with outreach projects, criminal investigation, special projects, property and evidence, the Department’s social media pages and Cadet program. She was recognized as the Officer of the Year in 2016, the first non-sworn officer at the Winters Police Department to receive the honor.
In January of 2021, she succeeded Karla Ferguson as the Administrative Coordinator of the Winters Public Safety Facility. As an Administrative Coordinator, she oversees the record department for the Police, Fire, and Protection district in Winters. She is also responsible for completing local, county, state, and federal audits in addition to purchasing for the facility.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Community Services Officer Andrea Gonzalez
Community Services Officer Andrea Gonzalez joined the Winters Police Department as a Cadet in 2017. She was promoted to Cadet Sergeant in 2018 and was promoted to Cadet Lieutenant in 2019. CSO Gonzalez graduated from Winters High School in May of 2019 as Salutatorian and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice studies from Sonoma State University.
CSO Gonzalez' current assignment is Crime Scene Investigation/ Property Evidence. She also works with the records division and patrol division to process reports. She chose to work in law enforcement after realizing she enjoyed helping the community in the Cadet program and wanted to make that her career.
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Community Services Officer Shelly Duenas
Community Services Officer Shelly Duenas joined the Winters Police Department as a volunteerin early 2022. When a part time position as a Community Services Officer became available, Duenas applied and was hired. In November, Code Compliance was consolidated and assigned to the Police Department, and Duenas became a full-time employee.
CSO Duenas moved to Winters in 2019, after being born and raised in Sacramento. She attended California State University of Sacramento and obtained her bachelor's degree in 2012, becoming the first person in her family to attend college.
Before working as a CSO, Duenas had various jobs including Assistant Sales Operations at Verizon Wireless, Teaching at Knowledge University, and Motor Vehicle Representative at the Department of Motor Vehicles. She married in 2010 and, as her family grew, she stayed home for a few years to care for her three children.
CSO Duenas enjoys spending time with my family and taking her children on adventures like bike riding, hiking, riding quads and camping
Behind The Badge, Who We Are: Volunteer Williams
Trauma and Grief Support (TAGS) member Tom Williams was a grocery clerk for 30 years and a volunteer firefighter and EMT for 26 years. Tom also worked part-time for an ambulance company for 19 years. Tom is trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.
Tom is married and has two sons and five grandsons. He moved to Winters four years ago and is an elder at Pioneer Church. Tom is excited to serve his community with the TAGS program.
(Pictured left to right) Winters TAGS Volunteer Thomas Williams and Davis TAGS Coordinator Catherine Bernstein.