Mayor, City of Santee
John W. Minto was born in Steubenville, Ohio and moved to San Diego with his family when he was only five weeks old. He grew up in East San Diego and attended local public schools. Mayor Minto entered the police academy in 1980 and spent six years on the board of directors of the San Diego Police Officer’s Association serving as a director, treasurer, political action chair, and general manager.
In 2002, Mayor Mino was elected to the Santee City Council and has since served on the League of California Cities, Heartland Communications, CSA69, East County Economic Development Council Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) board of directors, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Borders Committee (chair), and Santee Community Oriented Policing Committee (chair).
In 2003, Mayor Minto led the development Santee’s 35-acre Sports Plex USA and Town Center Park.