Don Saylor steps down after serving over two decades as Supervisor

Outgoing mayor Wade Cowan shares his gratitude for the work Supervisor Don Saylor did for the City of Winters during his 27 years as a Yolo County District Supervisor. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

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The last Winters City Council meeting was one of bittersweetness and farewells, not only as three of the council’s longest-serving members bowed out of their seats but also as the Winters-area County Supervisor concluded his decades of service to the city and to Yolo County. Don Saylor has been Yolo County District 2 Supervisor in Winters for 27 years and worked alongside city staff and a rotating roster of city councilmembers to furnish Winters with many improvements and additions, and he was honored alongside the outgoing city councilmembers.

Outgoing Mayor Wade Cowan, who worked alongside Saylor for many years, presented Saylor with a proclamation recognizing his work with the city and thanking him for his service and his “dedication and collaborative spirit,” through the years.

“Supervisor Saylor has served many years of public service, and was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in November of 2010,” Cowan began, providing a list of Saylor’s accomplishments in and around Winters, including securing funding for the Winters Healthcare Pharmacy, working to get Yolo County Health and Human Services offices in Winters, helping to bring Winters Healthcare to Grant Avenue, and coordinating fire response efforts in 2020. 

Cowan concluded the proclamation with, “the Winters City Council does hereby declare its deep appreciation for Supervisor Saylor’s dedication and commitment to serving the Winters’ community, and for his efforts to improve the lives and extend better service to our shared residents,” before providing an informal and heartfelt anecdote describing when Winters first entered Saylor’s district, thanking him for honoring his promise to represent and collaborate with Winters. 

“You did step up, and you did come, you were always here…for all the events, and you did what you needed to do to represent us properly, and I just want to say, I appreciate that,” Cowan said.

Saylor himself spoke at length about the outgoing councilmembers, thanking each for their service and collaboration over the years.

In a statement for the Winters Express, Saylor expressed his gratitude for the city of Winters and his pride in the work he and Winters were able to achieve together, describing the accomplishments in healthcare and wellness this partnership bore, works he says saw “the fortification of the Yolo way – that special spice that is sprinkled throughout our County, weaving us all together and strengthening the fabric of our shared humanity.”

Saylor said he is “both grateful for and humbled to have been repeatedly chosen by District 2 residents as their Supervisor. It has been among my greatest honors to have represented the people and places of Yolo County’s second district and to have positively affected and protected the exceptional community of Winters.”

“Winters is a very special place,” Saylor continued, “a small town with big personality. People help each other. There is always something good happening.”

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