Modesto Community
Modesto Launches Police Chief Search

March 31, 2021

Today City Manager Joe Lopez announced the launch of a search for the City of Modesto’s next Police Chief, hiring Ralph Andersen and Associates to perform the recruitment. The entire process, including a community engagement program, is anticipated to last 90 days.

“Never before has the selection of a police chief been more important as the community and nation works to strengthen bonds among neighbors and officers,” said City Manager Lopez. “This recruitment represents an opportunity to signal Modesto’s intent to build trust, and its commitment to a safe and inviting City.” 

Below are the expected phases of the recruitment process:

Phase 1 – Candidate Profile Development The executive recruiter will first meet with the City Manager, Mayor, and Council to gain an understanding of what priorities and attributes are important for the for the chief position. Next, the recruiter will facilitate a series of stakeholder conversations and public surveys to better understand the qualities and characteristics they feel are necessary in a Police Chief and to enhance the list of qualifications needed for the candidate profile.

Phase 2 – Candidate Recruitment Ralph Andersen and Associates will conduct personalized outreach and an extensive nationwide recruitment before evaluating candidates, conducting preliminary research, and making recommendations to the City Manager.

Phase 3 – Selection A series of diverse panels, to include members of the City’s Executive Team, technical experts and community will interview candidates and recommend the top choices to the City Manager for final vetting and selection. City Manager Lopez continued: "The Police Chief is a vitally important part of our organization and community. The individual selected to this position must possess the skills and attributes that are representative of our community, have a vision for law enforcement, and a willingness to be innovative in 21st century policing. The goal is to make certain we find the best person possible to lead the department and build community trust and support.

Modesto Community
Bus Services Merging to Provide a Better Rider Experience

Posted: March 18, 2020

Modesto Area Express (MAX) and Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT) will merge into one seamless system called the Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA). The new transit system is expected to be simpler and easier to use.

Public transit users in Modesto and throughout Stanislaus County will soon notice a simplified rider experience. Modesto Area Express (MAX) and Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT) will merge into one seamless system called the Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA).

The consolidation will plan more effective routes, reduce duplicated services, and give riders an improved travel experience throughout much of the county.

The new transit system is expected to be simpler and easier to use, which will enhance mobility options and should attract more users. Currently, some riders have to purchase multiple tickets and use multiple services for longer rides. The new system will allow riders to use just one ticket and one service for most area bus services.

StanRTA will officially take over operations beginning July 1, 2021. Riders will not be affected by any immediate operational changes but can expect to see gradual improvements start in early 2022.

The Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) worked with the City Modesto, the City of Turlock, and Stanislaus County to perform a county-wide Transit Efficiency and Innovations Study in late 2019, which recommended the merger. 

The City of Modesto and Stanislaus County unanimously agreed to move forward with a joint powers agency on January 26. The joint powers agency allows MAX (which includes Modesto Dial-a-Ride) and StaRT to combine into a new, independent organization, StanRTA. 

“Transit riders having the ability to use one ticket and pay one fee to move around the majority of the county is really important,” said Modesto Council Member Jenny Kenoyer, who is also a StanCOG Policy Board member and on the board for StanRTA. 

The City will be contracted to perform routine maintenance on all buses and will continue to own and operate the Amtrak Station and the Transit Center after the consolidation. Transit operations—including scheduling, planning, and running the bus services—will be the responsibility of the new StanRTA organization. 

The community will be included in the rebranding process and in scheduling and planning bus routes. Riders can stay up to date on any changes by checking the StanRTA website.