City Manager

Kurt Wilson PhotoKurt O. Wilson

Phone: (209) 937-8212

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Kurt Wilson joined the City of Stockton as Deputy City Manager in 2012, less than 10 weeks after the City filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. On January 28, 2014, Wilson was appointed City Manager after serving just three months as Interim City Manager.

Following a successful end to the City's bankruptcy, he looks forward to a renewed focus on economic development, the institutionalization of public safety enhancement, and implementation of permanent financial control measures to ensure the City never returns to the dark days of the recent past.

In addition to a private sector and non-profit background, he brings more than two decades of public sector experience serving in both elected and senior staff capacities for four cities and two state agencies.

He holds two masters degrees, one in business administration and the other in education administration, with a variety of post-graduate and professional certifications, including project management, labor relations, human resource management, real estate, leadership, and licensing as an emergency medical technician.

On a personal note, Kurt is a cancer survivor. This life experience has instilled a clear set of priorities that allow him to perform his duties with a confident and calm demeanor. He credits his mother for setting an example and modeling a strong work ethic. Her efforts to gain citizenship after immigrating from Jamaica and her accomplishments in both academic and professional endeavors provided the foundation and strength for his own life achievements.

Additionally, Kurt was a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and continues to donate time to provide medical services on rare occasions. His wife Regina is a small business owner and executive director of California Black Media. They have three children: Kennedy, Reagan, and Carter.


Deputy City Managers

The City Manager is supported by three Deputy City Managers:

Laurie Montes PhotoLaurie Montes

Deputy City Manager II

Phone: (209) 937-8212

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Deputy City Manager Laurie Montes has held her current position since 2008.  She is a key member of the team that led the City through its most significant period of history, including developing and implementing plans to achieve economic stability.  Laurie currently oversees Human Resources, Information Technology, the Fire Department, Economic Development, and Community Services - Library and Recreation.  


Prior to becoming Deputy City Manager, Laurie first began working for the City in 1991 in the Housing and Redevelopment Department, served as the City’s Budget Officer overseeing the development of the City’s operating and capital budgets, then as Housing Department Director.  As Housing Director, she worked with housing developers to increase the supply of affordable housing and managed the City’s Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Shelter Grant funds, and the Redevelopment Agency’s Low and Moderate Income Housing Set-aside funds.    


Laurie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Accounting and a Master of Public Administration.


Scott Carney PhotoScott Carney

Deputy City Manager II

Phone: (209) 937-8212

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Deputy City Manager Scott Carney joined the City of Stockton leadership team in 2014, in the midst of the City’s fiscal crisis, and helped to implement and continue the efforts to restore Stockton to solid footing.  He oversees Administrative Services, Community Development, Municipal Utilities, and Public Works.


Scott has held positions in city, county and state government for over 20 years. Prior to Stockton, he was appointed by Governor Brown to manage fiscal services, human resources, and business services as Director of Administrative Services Division of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  He previously held the positions as appointed by, then, Governor Schwarzenegger, first as Deputy Director of the Office of Fiscal Services in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, then as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency.  Over the course of his career in not-for-profit and public agencies, Scott combined his direct service background, with financial and administrative acumen, to efficiently deliver programs.


Scott holds a bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology-Organizational Studies from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

Christian Clegg PhotoChristian Clegg

Deputy City Manager I

Phone: (209) 937-8212


Deputy City Manager Christian Clegg joined the City of Stockton and the City Manager’s Office in 2011.  During his 5 years in Stockton, Christian has been part of the leadership team that has rebuilt our City.  His areas of focus are internal policies and processes, strategic planning, internal audit, legislative affairs, and special projects.  He has led the implementation of and directs the new Office of Violence Prevention. 


Before coming to Stockton, Christian worked with local government management teams in both Johnson County, Kansas, and the City of Tacoma, Washington.  He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.



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