Monterey County Agriculture Commissioner Announces Retirement

The Monterey County Commissioner of Agriculture announced his retirement after nearly four decades with the county. Henry Gonzales began working in Monterey County 38 years ago as a temporary insect trapper before being promoted to Agricultural Inspector/Biologist, Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture and Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture. He started the job as agriculture commissioner in 2018. Gonzales, the son of migrant farmworkers, worked in the fields as a teenager and protested in Monterey County Jail in 1970 when Cesar Chavez was arrested . “Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales was the right person at the right time for Monterey County,” said Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez. “Through a pandemic, layered with wildfires and new pest challenges, he rose to the challenge and led by launching a collaboration. I will miss his leadership and will always appreciate his unwavering dedication. Gonzales’ last day as Monterey County Agriculture Commissioner will be Dec. 30, 2022.

The Monterey County Commissioner of Agriculture announced his retirement after nearly four decades with the county.

Henry Gonzales began working in Monterey County 38 years ago as a temporary insect trapper before being promoted to agricultural inspector/biologist, assistant commissioner of agriculture, and chief assistant commissioner of agriculture.

He took office as Commissioner for Agriculture in 2018.

Gonzales, the son of migrant farm workers, worked in the fields as a teenager and protested in Monterey County Jail in 1970 when Cesar Chavez was arrested.

“Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales was the right person at the right time for Monterey County,” said Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez. “Through a pandemic, layered with wildfires and new pest challenges, he rose to the challenge and led by launching a collaboration. I will miss his leadership and will always appreciate his unwavering dedication.

Gonzales’ last day as Monterey County Agriculture Commissioner will be December 30, 2022.

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