For the last 25 years the finances of Winters have been under the purview of Shelly Gunby.
Gunby, who began her career with the City of Winters as its Finance Officer in 1997, announced her intent to retire last year. In 2002, she was promoted to Director of Financial Management, a position she held up to her retirement.
Council praised Gunby for her steadfast efforts to “improve operations, implement technology and hold the fiscal line carefully protecting the City’s financial assets to ensure financial stability through lean years and booms, from the Great Recession through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Gunby was honored with a proclamation acknowledging her accomplishments and years of dedication to the city. Some accomplishments referenced in the proclamation were for public and infrastructure improvement projects, working to fund the Public Safety Facility to provide 24 hours fire protection, recommending land purchases that became home to Dollar General, Blue Mountain Terrace, Winters Health Care, Yolo Federal and the future site of the Winters Senior Center.
In 2020, Gunby served as Interim City Manager, after John W. Donlevy Jr. resigned, and was credited as being instrumental during the recruitment for a new City Manager, and with the transition of the new City Manager, Kathleen Salguera Trepa.
Over the years, Gunby has received numerous awards from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers for Excellence in Budgeting and the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
According to Trepa, recruitment for a Director of Finance is still underway.