CAC Focus

The Department of Pesticide Regulation has primary authority to enforce federal and state laws pertaining to the proper and safe use of pesticides. DPR’s enforcement in the field is largely carried out in California’s 58 counties by County Agricultural Commissioners (CACs) and their staffs. Together, this is approximately 400 inspector/biologists. DPR’s headquarters personnel — as well as field staff located in Anaheim, Fresno, and West Sacramento — provide training, coordination, technical, and legal support to the counties.

Calaveras – Kevin Wright

Kevin Wright. Wright grew up in Dobbs Ferry, a small town 30 miles north of New York City. He earned a degree in biology from the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. After graduating, he served two years in the Peace...

Tuolumne – Gary Stockel

Gary Stockel, who was hired in 2014 to replace Vicki Helmar. In addition to his duties as Agricultural Commissioner, Stockel is Sealer of Weights and Measures, Air Pollution Control Officer, and Animal Control Director. He was born and raised in Hayward. He graduated...

Los Angeles – Kurt Floren

Kurt Floren was appointed County Agricultural Commissioner/Director of Weights and Measures in January 2005. Raised in Glendale, he majored in biology at California State University, Northridge, and began working for Los Angeles County in 1981 as a pest detection...

Humboldt – Jeff Dolf

Dolf was born and raised in Humboldt County. His family immigrated to the county in the 1800s, so he feels deeply connected to the area. “I feel very fortunate to do this job in this place that I call home and where my family has been for 120 years now.” He began...

Orange – Jeff Croy

Born and raised in Whittier, Calif., he attended Humboldt State University, CSU Fullerton, Fullerton College, Santiago College, Santa Ana College, Pepperdine University and New Jersey State University and holds degrees in biology, math and natural science. He began...

Madera – Stevie McNeill

Stephanie “Stevie” McNeill. McNeill is a native of Tulare County with a strong agricultural background. Her grandparents raised oranges in Lindsay. Her father was a crop duster in Huron, and her step-father was a pest control advisor in Kings County. McNeill graduated...

San Joaquin – Tim Pelican

Tim Pelican. A native of Coleville, Wash., Pelican was raised in an Air Force family, spent his formative years in Iowa and graduated from high school in South Dakota. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and, during his three-year enlistment, worked as an operating room...

Placer – Josh Huntsinger

Joshua Huntsinger. Huntsinger was born in Newhall, Los Angeles County. He moved to Grass Valley, Nevada County, with his family in 1980. He was homeschooled but, through a family connection, also lined up work at an organic peach orchard, helping foster his future...

Shasta – Paul Kjos

Kjos was appointed commissioner in June 2014, having served as deputy commissioner under Mary Pfeiffer. He joined the commissioner’s office as an investigator in 1988. Previously, he worked in Glenn County. Growing up mostly in Merced, he attended Humboldt State...

Sacramento – Juli Jensen

Jensen was appointed Commissioner in 2011, replacing retired Commissioner Frank Carl. Previously, she served as Agricultural Commissioner for El Dorado and Alpine counties, and was a Deputy Agricultural Commissioner in Sacramento County. A Maryland native who was...

Stanislaus – Milton O’Hare

Raised in Lassen County, O’Haire was appointed Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner in 2013. Raised in Lassen County, Milton O’Haire was appointed Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner in 2013. O’Haire worked in weights and measures – checking the...

Riverside – Ruben Arroyo

Arroyo was born in Lindsay, Tulare County. His first ag job, other than picking fruit with his family, was working at a tomato packing shed as the “automatic dumper” heaving tomato lugs onto a conveyor belt, he said. Later, he worked in citrus groves spraying and...

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