Windsor is an incorporated town in Sonoma County in the state of California, directly north of Santa Rosa. The town, like most of Sonoma County, is best known for its wineries, its tourism, and its quaint shopping and dining experiences. The town is governed by a council consisting of five members, one who practices as mayor of the town. One of the most important aspects of Windsor is their volunteer fire department. The department has been around since 1965 and was originally operated out of a garage. The department had two fire engines at the time, though as it grew, they moved to a larger firehouse and added more equipment to their inventory. In 1986, the fire department was reformed as the Windsor Fire Protection District. The first two paid firefighters were introduced to the district in 1988, and it continued to grow through the years. The district now serves around 30,000 people in unincorporated Windsor.
A huge part of Windsor’s culture are the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians. The band owns land in unincorporated Sonoma County, directly west of Windsor. In recent years, the band has shown interest in using the water and sewage services in Windsor, though the town council voted against it. The council has voted against the services twice, which has caused the band of Pomo Indians to consider building their own sewer plant in the unincorporated area in which they reside. The band now owns 150 acres of land with plans to expand into their own town.
Windor is a part of the second Senate district and the first Assembly district of the state of California. On a national level, Windsor is represented by Jared Huffman (D).
Windsor is often referred to as the “Gateway to Wine Country.”