Former Stanislaus CEO Becomes Turlock Manager

The former CEO of Stanislaus County, who resigned 20 years ago under controversial circumstances, has been hired as the next city manager of Turlock.

The city council voted 3-2 to appoint Reagan Wilson as city manager last week. Nicole Larson and Andrew Nosrati voted against his appointment. Wilson has already assumed the job at an annual salary of $197,640.

Wilson has not held a government position since 2003 when he resigned after failing to publicly disclose a private business relationship with consultant R. Lee Torrens. But he was never charged with wrongdoing, Wilson said in an interview with The Modesto Bee. Wilson's supporters on the council noted that the incident occurred a long time ago and said that he was more than qualified for the job at hand.

The Turlock City Manager’s office has seen enormous turnover. Eight people have served as either a permanent or temporary city manager over the past seven years.