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 John Lazar
Term Seated: 12/12/06
Expires: 2014*

John Lazar, a broker with Century 21 M & M Associates, is currently serving his second term as Mayor of Turlock. He was elected to the Turlock City Council in 1992.

Lazar has been a Turlock Realtor since 1988. He formerly served as a legislatives assistant in the California State Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

He was appointed to the Stanislaus County Council of Governments from 1999-2000, California State Mandates Commission from 2000-2005, and the Stanislaus County Local Agency Formation Commission from 2000-2006. He is currently a member of the Emanuel Medical Center Governing Board.

Lazar was named the Turlock Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year in 2007. He also received the Central Valley Association of Realtors’ Realtor of the Year Award for 2002. The California Junior Chamber of Commerce named him an Outstanding Young Californian in 1995.

John is proud to have served as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and as a Team Member with the Rotary Group Study Exchange to Sweden in 1986.

Lazar is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus and is currently a member of the Turlock Rotary Club. He and his wife, Nellie, have three sons.

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: 2014*

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.

Forrest White
Term Seated: 12/14/10
Expires: 2014*

Forrest White was elected to the Turlock City Council in November of 2010. He has been a resident of Turlock for over 25 years and retired from the workforce in 2008. Forrest is a graduate of California State University, San Jose and attended California State University, Stanislaus as a graduate student.

Councilmember White spent over 35 years working for the public; five of those as a Turlock City Recreation Supervisor, and the last 20 years as C.E.O. of the San Joaquin County Fair. His primary duties as C.E.O. consisted of budgeting, public relations, and governmental advocacy which included working with legislators and statewide boards.

His goals for the City of Turlock are prioritizing business development, setting smart growth policies and making quality City services a priority. With these goals in place, the City would be in a position to take advantage of the next economic growth cycle while enhancing the quality of life in the community.

Forrest and his wife, Colleen, a lifelong resident of Turlock, are committed to the betterment of Turlock and don’t be surprised if you see one or both of them at your community event.

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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