We are proud to honor our late Mayor
- Joe Gunter, USMC -
by dedicating this year's parade to his memory.
Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, the former Salinas Police homicide detective who forged a political career in his retirement years as the head of Monterey County's largest city, died Monday, June 29, from an infection related to a recurrence of cancer. He was 73.
Joe Gunter joined the Marines out of high school and served in Vietnam achieving the rank of Sergeant, then joined the Salinas Police Department in 1969. He served 32 years on the department, first as a patrolman and then a homicide detective before retiring in 2002.
Mayor Gunter spent his immediate post-retirement years as a community volunteer, directing security at the California International Air Show, where he also served as president; as a president of the Women's Crisis Center for Monterey County and as a volunteer with youth sports and the California Rodeo. In 2012, he was elected to the Mayor's seat in a five-way race. Joe was the first police officer to be elected as Mayor of Salinas.
The Gunter Family have been gracious in selecting the Monterey County Veterans Day Parade as a beneficiary of the Joe Gunter Memorial Fund.
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