MODESTO TURNS TO CONSULTANT TO RUN FINANCE: Modesto City Manager Greg Nyhoff plans to hire a consultant to lead the city's Finance Department while he looks for a successor to Finance Director Wayne Padilla. Padilla is leaving Modesto for a position with another city. Cheryl Detmar, the city's deputy finance director, retired this month. Modesto has several vacancies in its top ranks. Consultant Mark Gregersen is leading the city's Human Resources Department through a temporary contract with Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, a San Francisco law firm. Mike Harden is expected to oversee the Police Department as acting chief for the next year. Gregersen's firm can earn as much as $40,000 while it assists the city with labor negotiations. Harden's pay as acting chief is $151,111, about $20,000 more than he earned in 2008 as the department's assistant chief.
MEETING FOR NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH CAPTAINS: The Turlock Police Department is inviting Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch captains to a quarterly meeting July 1. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 156 S. Broadway Ave. Robert Boyd from the Turlock Police Neighborhood Preservation Unit will discuss issues such as graffiti abatement, vacant or abandoned buildings and other city code issues. If you cannot attend but would like to register your Neighborhood Watch group and receive invitations to future meetings, monthly crime prevention newsletters and crime statistics for your watch area, call Crime Prevention Officer Taryn Weatherford at 668-5550, ext. 6741.
FUND-RAISING RACE FOR TURLOCK STADIUM: The Turlock Turf Crew, a group dedicated to raising money for an all-surface track, synthetic football field and stadium renovations at Turlock High School, will kick off fund raising with a 5K poker run and walk June 27 at Joe Debely Field. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. A children's fun run, a quarter-mile run around the football field, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. The event will include a barbecue and a children's sports agility camp from 10 to 11 a.m. for $5. Runners and walkers will be given playing cards throughout the 5K, and prizes will be given to the participant with the best poker hand at the end. Medals will be given to child participants, and there will be prizes for the overall male and female winners. Medals will be given two deep for each age group. For more information and to register, go to www.turlockturfcrew.com.