Turlock City Council

City Council Members

Mission Statement: Our purpose is to enhance the quality of life of all Turlock residents through actively serving, pursuing excellence, and reflecting our four core values: Service, Accountability, Compassion, Respect

Mayor Gary Soiseth
Term Seated: 12/09/14
Expires: 2018*

Gary Soiseth was elected to serve a four-year term as the 22nd Mayor of Turlock on November 4, 2014. In addition to being a third-generation family farmer, Soiseth is the Regulatory Administrator of water and energy policy at the Modesto Irrigation District.

Soiseth will focus on protecting businesses and farms from residential encroachment, set conditions for business expansion and relocation into Turlock, and enforce clear growth patterns that protect, not jeopardize, prime agricultural land.

Soiseth serves as Turlock's representative to the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG), the body responsible for countywide transportation needs, and as the lead for negotiations with the Turlock Irrigation District on a surface water treatment facility.

As a former adjunct professor at California State University, Stanislaus, Soiseth is also committed to strengthening the relationship between the campus and city.

Before his election, Soiseth lived and worked in rural villages throughout Afghanistan, most recently as the Director of Economic Growth for the United States Army (2012 - 2013) and a United States Department of Agriculture Senior Advisor in Southern Afghanistan (2009 - 2011). Soiseth was awarded the U.S. Department of the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award, NATO's Global War on Terrorism Award for Civilian Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Distinguished International Service Award, and the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award.

Before his time in Afghanistan, Soiseth worked in the White House, the Association of California Water Agencies, and the United States House of Representatives under then-Congressman George Radanovich.

Soiseth holds a Master of Public Policy degree in agriculture and water resources from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and the Indian Institute of Management in Gujarat, India; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley with highest honors and distinction.

Amy Bublak
Term Seated: 12/09/08
Expires: 2016*

Turlock City Council Member Amy Bublak has a long history of community involvement. Bublak attended Cal State Stanislaus earning a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, she also holds a Masters in Public Administration and Urban Government. A former Student Body President at Cal State Stanislaus, Bublak has an enduring passion for public service. As a student Bublak took the lead on innovative projects and created Good Neighbor Day, a collaborative effort between students and the City of Turlock concentrating on the restoration of public parks, painting of the Tything Place and planting trees throughout the community. In the fall of 2007, Turlock Mayor John Lazar appointed Bublak to the City Planning Commission where she has worked to ensure responsible growth.

Amy Bublak believes in a cost effective and efficient government that meets the needs of Turlock residents. It is imperative for our city that we focus on planned growth. As a member of the City Council, Bublak she places a great emphasis on public safety and quality of life issues and brings her sense of dedication, integrity and spirit of innovation to city hall.

A career police officer, Bublak and husband Dr. Milton Richards, Cal State Stanislaus Director of Athletics, have established deep roots in Turlock. She is Board member for the Modesto Red Cross and has a passion for activities which help young people become productive members of society.

Bill DeHart Jr.
Term Seated: 12/14/10
Expires: 2018*

Bill DeHart was elected to Turlock City Council in the November 2010 General Election. His family relocated to Turlock in 2002, which has been home since. His election to the Council was another step in his lifelong commitment to service by “giving back” to country and community.

Bill completed his undergraduate work with a B.A. in History and a minor in Elementary Education from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. Upon graduation, he reported to active duty and served with the United States Marine Corps as a commissioned officer for nearly twenty years – 8 active and 12 reserve - as a helicopter pilot and airborne Marine.

Following his active duty military experience, Bill joined his father’s printing business and held roles in management, ownership and direct sales from September 1978 through March of 2008.

Bill has enjoyed countless hours in youth activities with Church Youth Groups from elementary school children through high school youth, coaching youth sports from Little League through Junior High aged teams and wherever he has lived, served his local church in leadership positions.

Bill joined the staff of Covenant Village of Turlock team in April of 2008. He has served as the Director of Marketing, and most recently as the Director of Church Relations and Community Outreach (Development).

Bill and Cheryl, his wife of nearly 43 years, have two adult children and six grandchildren.

Matthew Jacob
Term Seated: 12/09/14
Expires: 2018*

Councilmember Matthew Jacob was elected in the November 2014 General Election. He is a lifelong resident of Turlock and a graduate of Turlock Christian High School. Jacob went on to earn a B.A. in Political Economy concentrated in Domestic Poverty Alleviation Policy from the University of California, Berkeley with additional studies at both Stanford University and Peking University in Beijing, China.

Prior to his election, Jacob served the City of Turlock as a member of the Mayor’s Economic Development Task Force. In addition, he was appointed to serve as a Board Member of the Equal Rights Commission by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.

Jacob is a longstanding member of the Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock and understands the importance of community involvement and cultural competency. He has actively been involved with his church, Harvest Christian Center, for over a decade and considers faith an integral aspect of his personal life.

Jacob is a natural leader and dynamic member of the community who strongly believes Turlock’s best days are ahead. He brings new perspective to City Hall with a focus on increased standard of living, public safety, and economic development.

Steven Nascimento
Term Seated: 2012
Expires: 2016*

Steven Nascimento was elected to the Turlock City Council in the November 2012 General Election. A graduate of Turlock High School, Nascimento went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Stanislaus.

He has spent his career working with Central Valley communities, and continues to do so as the District Director for California’s 12th Senate District. The district encompasses a large part of Stanislaus County, including the cities of Modesto, Ceres and Turlock. He has worked closely with state, county and city leaders throughout the region to address the issues affecting the Central Valley.

Nascimento previously worked as the District Director for California’s 18th Congressional District and as a city planner for the City of Modesto. With his experience, Nascimento understands the important role of public policy in developing vibrant and sustainable communities. He is a strong advocate for Turlock’s downtown, and supports clear growth boundaries to encourage investment and development in Turlock’s underserved south side.

In October 2010, Turlock Mayor John Lazar appointed Nascimento to City of Turlock’s Parks, Recreation and Community Commission where he led the effort to establish the location of Turlock’s second dog park. He also serves on the advisory board for the Turlock Salvation Army and the Center for Portuguese Studies at California State University, Stanislaus.

Steven is a lifelong resident of Turlock, where he lives with his wife, Alexis, and their son. Together, they run a small public relations and social media consulting business.

*Term will expire following the City Council’s confirmation of the official results of the November election.

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