Lake County News, CA – Katherine Vanderwall named county agricultural commissioner/sealer

Katherine Vanderwall. Courtesy picture.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Board of Supervisors has named a new agriculture commissioner, from Lake County, who will also be the first woman to hold the position.

Council emerged from the closed session at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11 to announce the appointment of Katherine Vanderwall as Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures.

His appointment takes effect on February 12.

She will succeed Steve Hajik, Lake County’s most senior agriculture commissioner. Hajik is retiring in February after 20 years of service in the workplace.

Born and raised in Lake County, Vanderwall brings his experience, insight, and lived local perspective. She is also a highly connected and respected state authority. This combination holds great promise for a vital local industry, the county reported.

“Agriculture is a key facet of Lake County’s economy, and it’s important to have a commissioner in place who understands the unique opportunities and challenges that our local farmers experience,” said the council chairman. administration, Eddie Crandell. “No one could be better suited to take on this role than Katherine, and we are very pleased that she has stepped up to serve Lake County communities in this new and expanded way.”

For the past five years, Vanderwall has served as Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture and Sealer of Weights and Measures, supporting the work of the department she will soon lead.

In total, she has served Lake County for 14 years, starting as a junior biologist. During this time, she worked hard to expand her qualifications and contributions to her department and county residents.

Now Vanderwall is fully licensed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture as an Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures.

She is a past president of the California Association of Standards and Agricultural Professionals and received the association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2021. Vanderwall also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Davis and earned an executive designation. superior of the California State Association of Counties. CSAC Institute, also in 2021.

Many county residents and leaders know Vanderwall for his service on the Lake County 4H Program Board of Directors and his annual Ag Venture presentations.

“It was a great privilege for me to make the motion to appoint Katherine to this critical county leadership role,” enthuses Tina Scott, Vice President and District 4 Supervisor. lived local. Our Board of Directors is truly looking forward to seeing how the relationships and knowledge Katherine has developed will benefit all Lake County residents in the years to come.

As curator and sealer, Vanderwall will rely on effective partnerships with local farmers, gas station and grocery store owners and staff, and other stakeholders to promote sustainable success.

Vanderwall said she would be able to start because of her experience and familiarity with the programs administered by the department and the relationships that have been established.

She said her previous work gave her the opportunity to promote agriculture and protect consumers by enhancing market fairness.

Serving his home county in such a vital role is truly a logical next step for Vanderwall.

“I genuinely care about the well-being of the communities we serve and the staff of the department,” Vanderwall said.

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