Feb. 11, 2019: Michael Wilson has been hired as the Susanville, Calif., City Administrator, effective on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Wilson succeeds Acting City Administrator Dan Newton. Wilson will be paid $101,907 per year in his new position. Wilson was born and raised in Oroville, California. After he graduated from Oroville High School in 1985, Wilson started a career in public safety, working for the California Department of Forestry (CDF). While working for CDF, Wilson was eventually assigned to fire prevention, where he acquired an interest in law enforcement. Wilson attended the Butte College Police Academy and decided to change careers to work as a Police Officer in his hometown. Later, Wilson transferred to the city of Gridley for a short time before he returned to Oroville, where he promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant and worked as part of a Joint Oroville--Paradise Police Department’s SWAT team. Later, Wilson transferred to the city of Placerville, where he worked as a Police Sergeant, and then he worked in Marysville, where he was promoted through the ranks to Police Captain. In 2013, Wilson took the job of Chief of Public Safety for the Lake Shastina Police and Fire departments. Wilson also worked for a short period of time for the county of Siskiyou as the Director of Emergency Services. Wilson spent a year at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as the Deputy Regional Administrator for the California’s Coastal Region. Wilson returned to Lake Shastina in 2017 as the Police Chief, and he was eventually appointed as the District General Manager, overseeing Police, Fire, Water and Sewer for the Community Services District.