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Kevin Papineau

Editor’s note: This is the first in a five part series introducing Galt City Council candidates. One City Council candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will be covered in the Oct. 7 edition.

Kevin Papineau is a known entity in the city of Galt. He is running for a seat on the Galt City Council. He has served the community in a number of capacities and lived in Galt for 20 years.

The shaping of his life began at an early age when tragedy struck his family.

Papineau’s father, a fire captain and logger in Humboldt County, was killed in a logging accident in 1978; both Papineau and his grandfather were present.

His mother was left with 80 acres and three children ages nine and under and no family living in the area.

“Our church community and the fire/law enforcement community supported us through that time,” Papineau said. “My mother remarried and our stepfather raised us like we were his own. Without a doubt, my childhood experiences contributed to the value I place on faith, family, public service, and community members helping one another.”

Papineau is a native Californian – born and raised in Humboldt County until the family moved to Sacramento when he was nine. The family roots took hold in the area where his parents still live. They own and run a business in West Sacramento. His two sisters and their families have also stayed put. One sister lives in Wilton and the other in Sacramento. They are both business owners.

His family placed a great deal of emphasis on education. After graduating from Capital Christian High School in 1987, Papineau attended Los Rios Community Colleges and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business from Union Institute and University.

He and his wife Laura have been married for 27 years. Laura is the assistant principal at Lake Canyon Elementary. They have two grown children, a married daughter and a 21-year-old son.

His work experience includes his duties as a deputy sheriff, a police officer and detective for Sacramento County and the Elk Grove Police Department. He is currently employed as a criminal investigator in the Homicide Unit for the Sacramento County District Attorney.

Papineau is currently serving on the Galt Planning Commission but also served on the Galt Joint Union Elementary School Board from 2010-2018.

Prior to that, he served as vice president of the Liberty Ranch Junior Hawks Football and Cheer board and also participated as a volunteer in his daughter’s dance recitals for 12 years.

He commented on his personal and professional experiences.

“My most important personal accomplishment is raising two very giving and serving children with my wife,” Papineau said. “My most important professional accomplishment has been 18 years as a major case investigator, highlighted by the rescue of a child sexual exploitation victim covered by the Elk Grove Citizen and Galt Herald in August and September 2011.”

He believes “honesty and integrity” are the two values that are most important in life. He said his aspirations were to continue to serve his family and community in his personal life and in his profession to always pursue justice.

“I believe that my professional, elected and appointed experience have developed and demonstrated my ability to question issues from all perspectives, ensure complete information is used to inform decisions, as well as the ability to find consensus among differing viewpoints,” Papineau said. “I commit to seek and consider the input of all of Galt’s citizens in making decisions.”