Commissioner Board Meetings

Winters Fire District Commissioners

Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors and must be residents of the District. Board members administer the operation of a fire protection district and serve without compensation. This includes fire prevention and emergency medical services.

The Winters Fire Protection District contracts with the City of Winters to provide budgeting and fire administrative services. These services are currently being fulfilled by City of Winters staff and include Fire Chief Jack Snyder, Administrative Services Director Cathy Mathews, and Administrative Coordinator Gail Jimenez. They receive no compensation from the Winters Fire Protection District.

Individuals interested in serving on this advisory body may submit an application to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors’ Office, 625 Court Street, Room 204, Woodland, CA 95695, or by completing an application. For more information, please call the Yolo County Clerk of the Board at (530) 666-8195.

Winters Fire District Agendas/Packets/Minutes

Visit the Agenda Center to see current and archived meetings.

Winters Fire District Board Meetings

Meetings are held quarterly at the Winters Fire Department, 700 Main St Winters, CA 95694 at 4 p.m. The board may also schedule special meetings at other times when needed and will post notice according to the Brown Act.

  • February 5, 2024 Special Meeting
  • February 15, 2024
  • May 16, 2024
  • August 15, 2024
  • November 21, 2024
Commissioner Title Term Expiration
Tony Turkovich   Chairman 12/31/2025
Dennis Mariani Commissioner 12/31/2023
Jose Diaz
Commissioner 12/31/2025
Colin Bettis Commissioner 12/31/2025
Gloria Lopez Commissioner 12/31/2027

Commissioner Biographies

Tony Turkovich — Father/Farmer/Owner

Tony has been a sustainable farmer in Yolo County for over 35 years. He received his BA in agricultural engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and completed an MBA at USC before returning to Winters to work for the Button Family on their farm. Since then, Tony has managed the farming operation at Button & Turkovich Ranch which produces crops such as tomatoes, alfalfa, sunflowers, prunes and oranges, and now, wine grapes. He is constantly working but when he finds time for a break, he enjoys hiking and fly fishing.

Dennis Mariani

“There has been a lot of hard work, that’s the key,” says Mariani, of the business that was founded in 1972 in California by his cousins Jack and Dennis Mariani. Looking for new farming opportunities outside the burgeoning Santa Clara Valley, the Mariani Family found a very similar micro-climate just 60 miles northeast of San Francisco in the town of Winters. The company initially began as a very small processor that mainly handled the walnuts from its own orchards.

Gloria Lopez

A second-generation American, who was born and raised in Winters, California, still resides in the community. Both her maternal and paternal grandparents emigrated from Spain in the early 1900s. Gloria’s maternal grandparents, John and Alice Carbahal, came as young children with their parents on the first ship that left Spain for Hawaii in 1907. Her paternal grandparents, Rafael and Filomena Lopez, came through Ellis Island in 1920 when they were 35 years old. She and her husband, Michael Autry, are partners in the family farming business started by her parents, Sebastian and Marie Lopez.

California Assembly Bill 1234 (Ethics Training)

AB 1234 requires elected and appointed officials who are compensated for their service or reimbursed for their expenses for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties to receive mandatory ethics training.  Ethics training for all elected and appointed officials is recommended under sections listed under Government Code section §53234(d). Despite not being directly compensated, the Winters Fire Protection District Board attends ethics training every two years. Training Certificates are available below.

Past Commissioners 1926-2002

  • Chapman 1926
  • Dexter 1926
  • Chapman 1926
  • Griffin 1926
  • McCoy
  • Tuffs
  • J.R.Chapman
  • Button
  • Pleasants
  • Rominger 1968
  • Thomas 1983
  • Pinkston 1976
  • Turkovich 1984
  • Chapman 1980
  • Ruggles 1993
  • Gilpen 2001
  • Bell 2023