As Turlock Fire interim chief retires, is the city considering contract with Modesto?

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Turlock Interim Fire Chief Gary Carlson plans to retire next month and the city intends to replace him with the same administrator who oversaw Ceres contracting Modesto for fire services, the firefighters union said.

The hiring of Michael Botto will come after the City Council budgeted a feasibility study to examine the costs of Modesto running fire operations in Turlock, said Chad Hackett, the firefighters union president.

Turlock announced Carlson’s retirement in a press release Thursday, but Interim City Manager Sarah Eddy on Friday said the city has not made a final decision to fill the position. The feasibility study will determine if Turlock can provide the same or better fire services at a lower cost by sharing resources, Eddy said in an email.

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