MENDOCINO Co., 2/24/18 -- Mendocino County has a new Agriculture Commissioner, Joseph Moreo, and he'll be starting at the position on February 26. Moreo, who previously served as in the same position in Modoc County, will replace Diane Curry, who took the job of agricultural commissioner on an interim basis after the departure of Chuck Morse in January, 2017.
Commenting on his excitement about his appointment to the position in a press release dated February 8, Moreo stated: "I was drawn to work for Mendocino County as it begins the process of merging a traditional agricultural community with the emerging cannabis industry. I feel my years of experience will bring stability to an office facing huge changes in a rapidly shifting environment.”
Moreo has more than 35 years working in agriculture. Moreo served as the ag commissioner for Modoc County, which has a ban on cannabis cultivation, and he was also the ag commissioner for Lassen County for at least a year. His appointment was announced at the February 6 Board of Supervisors meeting.
Here's the official announcement of Moreo's hiring from the Mendocino County's CEO Office. The video from the supervisors meeting where Moreo's appointment was announced is posted below:
Ukiah, California... February 8, 2018
APPOINTMENT OF JOSEPH A. MOREO AS AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER FOR THE COUNTY OF MENDOCINO
The Mendocino County of Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph A. Moreo as the County’s Agricultural Commissioner. Mr. Moreo previously served as the Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures for Modoc County. He joins Mendocino County with 35 years of experience in agriculture, and is an alumnus of Ohio State University and the former president of the Regional Association of Northern California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers.
Supervisor Dan Hamburg, representing the 5th District and current Board Chair, commented on Mr. Moreo’s appointment, "We are pleased to hire an Agricultural Commissioner with such a deep background in all of the varied aspects of this job. Mr. Moreo appreciates the importance of "hands on" management and the professional development of his staff."
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Moreo indicated his excitement to join the County of Mendocino: “I was drawn to work for Mendocino County as it begins the process of merging a traditional agricultural community with the emerging cannabis industry. I feel my years of experience will bring stability to an office facing huge changes in a rapidly shifting environment.”
Carre Brown, 1st District Supervisor and longtime member of the Mendocino County Farm Bureau stated “Mr. Moreo understands the critical role a diverse and productive Agricultural economy plays in our rural County. Mr. Moreo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the job and we are excited to have him on board as our new Agricultural Commissioner.”
For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441
Kate B. Maxwell, [email protected]