About Gary Medvigy


Councilor Medvigy grew up in New Jersey and Vermont. While serving in the U.S. Army he lived in California and Germany. He also served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He and his wife of 35 years, Christine Ping, live near Grove Airfield in the Fern Prairie area. They have four adult children. A fifth child passed away at age two. Two of their daughters graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point and serve in the U.S. Army. Their son was a correctional officer for the state of California, recently moved to Vancouver, and hopes to continue in law enforcement locally.

  • United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania,  master’s degree – strategic studies in national securities studies, 2004
  • Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, juris doctorate, 1981
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, Bachelor of Arts – psychology, 1978
  • California Superior Court Judge, Criminal Division, Santa Rosa, 2007-2016
  • Deputy District Attorney, Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, Santa Rosa, 1988-2007
  • Deputy Commanding General (support), Eighth Army, Yongsan, South Korea, 2012-2015
  • Commanding General, 351st Civil Affairs Command, Moffett Federal Air Field, California, 2009-2012
  • Director, Judicial Sector, Security Sector Reform, Office of Military Cooperation, Special Operations Command Central, Kabul, Afghanistan and Qatar, 2003-2004

Councilor Medvigy has received several military recognitions including:

  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit Medals-4
  • Bronze Star
Community involvement
  • Volunteer pilot, Angel Flight, providing free air travel for patients needing medical treatment outside their communities
  • Young Eagle Pilot program, non-profit dedicated to introducing youth ages 8-17 to flying