Councilmember Gus Wolter was first elected to the City Council in November 2000, and served continuously for 12 years until 2012. He was re-elected in 2014 and again in 2019 for a four-year term, from 2019 to 2022. This is his fifth term in office and he has served as Mayor for five one-year terms; 2004, 2007, 2011, 2017 and 2020.
Gus has had the opportunity to help guide the City through a period of rebuilding, and is proud of the accomplishments on the City Council during his tenure, including implementing the City's General Plan update, creating the City's first Urban Growth Boundary, funding through the Redevelopment Agency a new Fire Station, History Center, Performing Arts Center, and a future Police Station, while creating open space districts and continuing to preserve Cloverdale's natural hillsides.
While a member of the City Council, Gus has also served as the Chair of the Mayor's and Council Members Association of Sonoma County and as a Board Member of the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau. In recognition of his personal contributions and leadership qualities that inspire others, Gus was awarded the Sonoma County Spirit Award in 2007. In 2007, he also received the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from Governor Schwarzenegger, recognizing his work with SAFE-BIDCO, California's State Loan Guarantee Program, that same year. A local business owner, Gus strongly encourages business attraction and retention. His community involvement includes volunteer efforts as a member of the local Rotary Club and Cloverdale Druids Grove 203.
While serving on the City Council, he also serves on the following Subcommittees and Regional Boards:
- Finance, Administration & Police Subcommittee, Chair
- Public Works & Facilities Subcommittee, Chair
- Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce Liaison, Alternate
- Cloverdale Senior Center Liaison, Alternate
- Planning Commission Liaison
- Cloverdale Rancheria Tribal Council Liaison, Alternate
- Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Health Action Council
- Sonoma County Mayors/Council Members Association Legislative Committee, Alternate