Bennie Gatto


Bennie Gatto has devoted much of his life to the service of citizens of the local area. Mr. Gatto has been active in representing a wide spectrum of the citizens of Manteca and Lathrop including youth, adults, and senior citizens. His governmental service has always been characterized by the philosophy of what he can do for people without any strings attached.

Mr. Bennie Gatto's service to the community began in the 1950's as a young man who volunteered his services to help in developing a central water system in Lathrop. Since that time, he has served as a volunteer fireman for 22 years in the Manteca/Lathrop Fire District and been an active member of the Fast Union High School Athletic Boosters Club for 31 years after helping organize it in 1970. Bennie's additional community service for the past 30 years included four years as a Commissioner of the Manteca Metro Recreation Commission (1974-77), active membership in the Lathrop Senior Club, and is presently involved with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

In recent years, Bennie Gatto has served as Mayor and member of the City Council of Lathrop and the Lathrop Water District Board of Directors. His governmental service continues to this day. He is still on the City of Lathrop Planning Commission, the Manteca/Lathop Fire District Board of Director's, and is a member of the Manteca Ambulance Board of Trustees.