Joe Gunter was elected as Mayor of Salinas in November 2012. After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, Joe Gunter returned to Salinas and joined the Police Department in 1969. After 32 years as a Police Officer and Detective, he retired in 2002.
Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter died Monday evening at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, according to Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz Jr.
Corpuz noted that Gunter’s health had been in decline in recent weeks.
Deeply saddened about the loss of Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter. As @SupervisorAlejo said, "We lost Salinas's greatest champion with the passing of Joe Gunter." Our condolences to his family, loved ones, and the entire Salinas community. https://t.co/nNJLMR54XW
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