CACASA

The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA) is a voluntary organization comprised of County Agricultural Commissioners and County Sealers of Weights and Measures from California’s 58 counties. CACASA provides the venue for collaborative opportunities to address matters of statewide significance that effect California’s agricultural production, its natural resources, marketing, food safety, equity, and public health as it relates to our environment.

County Agricultural Commissioners and County Sealers of Weights and Measures provide regulatory services through numerous programs that are coordinated with the United States Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR), a division of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA). Each County Agricultural Commissioner and County Sealer of Weights and Measures is licensed by CDFA and appointed by the respective county’s Board of Supervisors.

The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association shall be recognized as the official representative body on behalf of county agricultural commissioners and sealers.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Officers

President

Ruben Arroyo

Riverside County Commissioner/Sealer

President-Elect

Tim Pelican

San Joaquin County Commissioner/Sealer

Vice-President (Agriculture)

Joe Deviney

Santa Clara County Commissioner/Sealer

Vice-President (Weights & Measures)

Paul Kjos

Shasta County Commissioner/Sealer

Secretary

Lisa Herbert

Sutter County Commissioner/Sealer

Treasurer

Stevie McNeill

Madera County Commissioner/Sealer

Past President

Marty Settevendemie

San Luis Obispo County Commissioner/Sealer

Executive Director

Sandy Elles

CACASA Executive Director

Regional Board Members

Northern Counties

Tim Gibson
Plumas County

Craig Hemphill
Lassen County

San Joaquin Valley

Les Wright
Fresno County

Marilyn Wright
Tulare County

Sacramento Valley

Marcie Skelton
Glenn County

Louie Mendoza
Yuba County

Southern California

Bobbie Willhite
San Bernardino County

Jeff Croy
Orange County

Coast

Karen Overstreet
San Benito County

Juan Hidalgo
Santa Cruz County

2017 CACASA Group

County Agricultural Commissioner

During California’s period of rapid expansion at the end of the nineteenth century, settlers brought not only their families but also brought with them trees and vines for planting, some of which were infested with insect and disease pests. This created so many problems for the state’s farmers that in 1881 the California Legislature provided counties with the authority to establish local Boards of Horticultural Commissioners in an effort to protect the state’s burgeoning tree and vine industries from these new pests. In 1920, with the development of the State Department of Agriculture, the legislature brought the several County Horticultural Commissioners and their deputies under the direction of the Director of Agriculture.

State law now requires every county to have an agricultural commissioner who is appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Each County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC) must manage a regulatory agency serving under the program direction of the California Secretary of Agriculture and the Director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Since the inception of the horticultural commissioner system, not only the name has changed, but the duties and responsibilities have as well. During the course of the past 120 years, this system has become more complex, yet remains flexible enough to address local issues. Recognizing that working collaboratively with other county agricultural commissioners was critical in addressing regional problems, the Association of Agricultural Commissioners was established in 1922. In 1988 the association combined with the California Association of Weights and Measures Officials to establish the present California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association.

Responsibilities and Duties

Each agricultural commissioner is charged with the protection and promotion of California’s agriculture, the protection of the environment as well as protection of the public’s health and safety. These goals are accomplished through the management of programs designed to achieve our mission through public outreach and numerous enforcement tools.

County Sealer of Weights and Measures

California consumers have received protection from the use of false weights and measures since 1915 when the state’s legislature established that each county shall have a Sealer of Weights and Measures. In most counties since 1970, the functions of the County Sealer of Weights and Measures have been combined with those of the County Agricultural Commissioner. Under the general direction of the Secretary of Food and Agriculture through the Division of Measurement Standards (DMS), and in cooperation with various federal, state, and local jurisdictions, the County Sealer inspects, tests, and certifies to the accuracy of numerous devices, functions, and activities associated with commerce.

Functions and Activities

County weights and measures officials (Sealers) serve all consumers as the local regulatory agency authorized to enforce the California Business and Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations pertaining to issues of “Equity in the Marketplace”. This enforcement efficiently and effectively protects local commerce, thus encouraging stability in the State’s economy. Sealers annually perform thousands of inspections on various commercial devices, check packages for net content, review weighmaster records for accuracy, provide training and education to businesses and individuals, in addition to any number of other activities designed to assure “Equity in the Marketplace.” In virtually any transaction you may make, your weights and measures official serves as the “third party” protecting both business and the consumer.

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