Turlock City Manager Roy W. Wasden announced his unexpected, and early, retirement to City staff on Wednesday. He intends to leave for Christmas vacation on Dec. 7 and move into retirement afterward, according to a press release sent out by Assistant to the City Manager for Housing and Economic Development Maryn Pitt.
On Oct. 14, 2014, just before a new Turlock City Council was to be elected, Wasden was given a controversial renewed contract to run through June 30, 2017. The 4-1 vote included current City Councilmember Amy Bublak as the only one in opposition, current City Councilmembers Steven Nascimento and Bill DeHart, and now former Councilman Forrest White and former Mayor John Lazar.
Wasden’s pay per the 2014 accepted contract started him at a “step 2 salary,” which monthly is $17,702, for an annual total of $212,424. At the end of each fiscal year, Wasden’s performance was to be evaluated and potentially he could be given a step increase if his work is found as “satisfactory.” Step 3 and 4 of the City Manager’s monthly salary are $18,586 and $19,516, respectively.
The Turlock City Council held a closed session public employee performance evaluation of the City Manager on Oct. 13.
An announcement of Wasden’s early retirement was sent out in a press release on Oct. 14.
“This is truly one of those bitter sweet moments in my life,” Wasden said in an email to City staff. “In 1976 I went to work in public service as a police officer and the intervening period of almost 40 years have been filled with wonderful experiences and opportunities; it amazes me how quickly that time has passed.”
When informed of Wasden’s retirement decision, former Mayor John Lazar commented, “Roy is a man of great ethics and integrity. He brought a new kind of capable leadership to City Hall in leading the organization through some difficult economic times. He has served the Turlock admirably and from my 22 years of serving the Turlock community, is possibly the best City Manager our region has ever seen.”
Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth stated, “Roy’s four decades of dedicated public service are inspiring.”
Turlock will appoint an interim City Manager upon learning of Wasden’s retirement. The interim manager will be appointed from the ranks of the current department heads, along with a competitive process that will be available to both internal and external candidates, though the shoes will be tough to fill.
“Words simply are not adequate to express how much I have loved serving and I could not have imagined a better conclusion to my public service career than spending the last 6 ½ years in Turlock with all of you,” said Wasden..
A timeline for solicitation, interviews, and final selection will be presented at the next City Council meeting on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m., at Turlock City Hall, located at 156 S. Broadway.
FORMER CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CITY MANAGER ROY WASDEN AND CITY ATTORNEY PHAEDRA NORTON'S CONTRACTS DESPITE ISSUES OF ALLEGED MISTRUST, ETHICS, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND OTHER CONTROVERSIES – NEW COUNCIL HAS ADDRESSED SEVERAL OF THE ISSUES IN A CORRECTIONAL MANNER, AND NOW EVALUATED THE CITY MANAGER WHO ANNOUNCED HE IS RETIRING EARLY THE NEXT DAY
CITY MANAGER TIED TO ALLEGED POLICE UNION CONTRACT VIOLATION, LAWSUIT, CRIME ISSUES, AND AN UNEXPECTED RAISE FOR POLICE OFFICERS BEFORE APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL, COUNCILMEMBER AMY BUBLAK CALLED FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF THE CITY MANAGER'S ACTION (ALONG WITH MEASURE B ROAD TAX POLITICAL CAMPAIGN MAILER USING GOVERNMENT FUNDS)
FORMER CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MARKETING CONTRACT WITH NO STATS AND DATA, CITY MANAGER ROY WASDEN DOESN'T HOLD CONTRACTOR ACCOUNTABLE AND ALLOWS ALLEGED MISMANAGEMENT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS – NEW COUNCIL PUSHES TO END CONTRACT, INVESTIGATES AND FINDS SCANDALOUS SPENDING OF TAX PAYER FUNDS, REQUEST CHAMBER REPAY MISSPENT TAX PAYER FUNDS BACK TO THE CITY OF TURLOCK
INVESTIGATION OF CITY MAILING OUT CAMPAIGN MATERIAL SUPPORTING ROAD TAX ELECTION USING CITY UTILITY BILL, GOVERNMENT FUNDS/RESOURCES – CITY MANAGER ROY WASDEN TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR APPROVAL OF USING GOVERNMENT RESOURCES FOR POLITICAL MAILER – FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION INVESTIGATING