Bill Kristoff is the only original member of the West Sacramento City Council still serving—he was first elected by voters in 1987, the first year that West Sacramento became a city. He was most recently re-elected to a four-year term on the City Council in November 2008.
As a City Councilmember, Mr. Kristoff was voted by the City Council to single year terms as City Mayor in 1990, 1996, and 2001. More recently, Mr. Kristoff was elected by the City Council to serve a one year term as Mayor Pro Tem in 2010.
Mr. Kristoff represents the City of West Sacramento on the West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency Joint Powers Authority, the River City Regional Stadium Financing Authority, the Local Agency Formation Commission, and the Regional Water Authority. He also serves as an alternate representative on the Sacramento County Regional Sanitation District Board, and the Water Resources Association.
Mr. Kristoff earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University, following two years of service in the US Army. A lifelong resident of West Sacramento, Mr. Kristoff worked for the US Postal Service for 38 years before retiring as a postal manager in 2002. He and his wife, Brenda, have two grown children, Nicole and Jaclyn.
A top priority of Mr. Kristoff is his support of efforts to maintain the security of levees surrounding the city. “Flood protection is better than we’ve ever had,” says Mr. Kristoff. “But levee standards change,” says Mr. Kristoff about continuing attention to levee protection.
During Mr. Kristoff’s service on the City Council, West Sacramento has added such improvements as the Bryte Bend Water Treatment Plant; the widening of the Harbor Boulevard interchange; the Daniel C. Palamidessi Bridge; River Walk Park; Club West Teen Center; Raley Field and the River Cats; and the 64,000 square foot City Hall on West Capitol Avenue.
Another priority of Mr. Kristoff’s has been the quality of the City’s infrastructure, leading to improved roads and sidewalks.
Mr. Kristoff is also pleased with West Sacramento’s growth of retail and restaurant businesses. He’s particularly proud of the City’s ability to re-invent West Capitol Avenue, establishing the famous street as a pedestrian-friendly segment of West Sacramento’s downtown.