I think we can all agree about keeping a rural lifestyle in our District 4 area of El Dorado County. We must create more job opportunities that will fit our community’s needs. We must create and maintain good roads and highways to make travel safe to the city and to the world renowned Lake Tahoe area. We need to make sure our children get a sound education so as to be able to compete in the workplace and be accepted into major colleges and universities. We must promote and utilize our local businesses. I promise you I will do all I can to promote the good and the will of the people of El Dorado County District 4.
Why is Winston Pingrey running for El Dorado County District 4 Supervisor?
I want to help make El Dorado County an even better place to live. I want to help create better opportunities for young and old in our County. District 4 has some of the most fertile and beautiful land in the Country. We must learn how to better take care of our fortune and utilize what we have been blessed with.
Winston’s parents were born and raised in Kansas, met and married in San Diego. Moved to Lewis Delaware on a chicken ranch after Errol W. Pingrey, USN Yeoman Chief Petty Officer, retired. When Edna Pingrey was off at the hospital after giving birth to Winston, Errol sold the Model A and the cow and planned to move back to California immediately. Well a few months later they left by train to Riverside, California where Errol had an uncle, a World War I Veteran.
The Pingreys; Winston the oldest of three (3) children, lived in the same house for 19 years until joining the Navy at 19 years old after one year of college at Riverside Community College. They raised much of their own food on the property and raised chickens and rabbits. He worked as a newspaper boy, a box boy and later a retail clerk from his freshman year of high school to when he joined the Navy. After boot camp and communications school training he was stationed at San Miguel, Philippines, a Navy Communications Station for 18 months. Then he was assigned to the U.S.S. Constellation CVA64 in WESPAC for two (2) years. He left the Navy after four (4) years as a Radioman 2nd Class (E-5) a Vietnam Veteran.
On April 6, 1970 he was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff on the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at age 24. He worked Patrol, Warrant Detail, (promoted to Investigator) Narcotics, Internal Affairs, back to Narcotics, (promoted to Sergeant), Patrol, SWAT Team Leader, in charge of School Resource and D.A.R.E. Officers for two (2) large school districts, and Youth Court for the City of Moreno Valley. During his last assignment he gained considerable experience in working with city government, county government, and school districts. Each had a constantly changing financial responsibility in funding their programs.
Winston obtained his Associate of Arts Degree in Police Science, his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate in Law, then started teaching part-time at Riverside Community College (on campus and at the Riverside Sheriff’s Academy) in 1980 up until after moving to Cameron Park in 2000. He also obtained his high school teaching credential and taught high school Regional Occupational Program (ROP) in Law Enforcement classes in Moreno Valley Unified School District (U.S.D.) and upon moving to Cameron Park, taught at San Juan U.S.D. (Del Campo High School).
The move to Cameron Park from Riverside came about in 2000 when his wife (California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, Senior Special Agent in Charge (SSAC) / presently a CA DOJ, Bureau of Investigation SAC) was offered a different assignment in Sacramento. They looked all over the area and found El Dorado County to be the most beautiful place to live and raise a child. They bought a new home in Eastwood Park and still reside there.
Their son started the 2nd grade at Blue Oak Elementary School, then to Camerado Springs Middle School, and on to Ponderosa High School. He is presently a junior at a State University, California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, CA majoring in Global Studies/Maritime Affairs. Winston, along with his wife Gloria of 26 years, got involved in their son’s growing up here. They supported him in lots of fun sports programs that this community had to offer. Winston was a Ponderosa Little League Team Manager/Board Member for 6 years. For most of those years he was also the Winter League Baseball Coordinator which involved many little league districts within District 4 of the County.
Winston jumped right in, Member of Site Council at Blue Oak Elementary School the first year here, next year Chairman of Site Council at Blue Oak, then in 2002 Board Member Buckeye Union School District (the largest K-8 district in the county). He is presently the President, this is his third year he has served as the Board President with a total of 12 years on the School Board. He was chosen this year to represent Buckeye Union School District on the El Dorado County School Boards Association. Next year he will serve as their President.
Winston obtained his Private Investigator and Private Patrol Operator California State Licenses in 1996. He continues doing this work upon arriving in Cameron Park in August 2000. He has worked his small business for over 16 years. He has worked details for a Saudi Prince Family, the Golden Globes, the Academy Awards, a New York Diamond Dealers (LeVian) and several businesses to prevent workplace violence. He has also worked numerous civil cases for private parties and attorneys. Winston has testified in State and Federal Courts in both criminal and civil cases.