Amy Bublak, was first elected to the Turlock City Council in the fall of 2008 and is currently serving her third term as a member of City Council representing District 4. Her decision making process is based on receiving input from City employees, Turlock residents, and her colleagues without a personal agenda other than to enhance the quality of life for all Turlock residents and employees. Amy insists on conducting all City business in a transparent manner allowing her Council colleagues, City employees, and City residents to understand how and why decisions are made, always in the best interests for the City of Turlock. Amy believes in a fiscal policy where City expenditures are discussed transparently and financial resources are always allocated in the best interest of all Turlock residents consistent with state and city policy.
As a retired law enforcement professional with over twenty- three years of experience, and veteran of the City Council, Amy supports keeping Turlock residents safe by fully funding Public Safety dispatchers, fire fighters and police officers. She devotes all of her efforts to meeting the challenges Turlock faces on a daily basis. In 2016, responding to constituent requests, she authored a council resolution allocating $100,000 from general fund revenue annually to make Turlock roads better.
In May of 2011, recognizing the need to attract new businesses to Turlock, Amy, along with local business leaders and City staff created the Turlock Business Partnership Incentive program. Working with future business owners, the plan awards grants of up to $1000 to help entrepreneurs pay start- up costs associated with opening a new business in Turlock. The plan has allowed 45 new businesses to open in Turlock creating over 100 new permanent full time jobs. As Chair of the Council Economic Development Committee, Amy continues to work with City employees, the Chamber of Commerce, City residents and members of the Business community to create a business friendly environment that enhances the quality of life for Turlock City residents.
Amy's long history of community involvement and public service began in 1989 when former Mayor Brad Bates presented her a Key to the City for her efforts to establish Turlock Good Neighbor Day. In 1990 former Mayor Curt Andre appointed her to the Turlock Arts Commission and, in 2006, former Mayor John Lazar asked her to serve as a member of the Turlock Planning Commission where she remained until her election to City council in 2008. Amy has lived in Turlock for over thirty- years enrolling as an undergraduate student at CSU Stanislaus in fall of 1983. While at CSU Stanislaus, Amy served two terms as Student body President, was a member of the Women’s basketball team, and earned NCAA All American honors four times as a member of the Women’s Track and Field teams. She completed her B.S in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 1989 and earned a Masters of Public Administration degree (M.P.A) in Urban Government from San Francisco State University.
In 2001, Amy was inducted into the CSU Stanislaus Athletics Hall of Fame for excellence in Track and Field. Amy’s Council service has included: Vice Mayor (three years), Chair, Member, Turlock Local Agency Commission (LAFCO), Member, City Council Liaison Committee, and Council Representative, Community Development Block Grant Review Committee (CBDG). In 2016 Amy joined California Women for Agriculture Association (CWA), and was appointed as the CWA Federal state Legislation Director in the fall of 2018 Amy is married to Dr. Milton Richards, retired Director of Athletics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. The couple met when Dr Richards, then Athletics Director at CSU Stanislaus, presided over her induction into to the first CSU Stanislaus Athletics Hall of Fame for excellence in Track and Field and Women's Basketball.