On January, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced their appointment of Tom Tucker as the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures effective March 30, 2019. Tucker will fill the position held by Marilyn Wright, who is set to retire after serving as the County Ag Commissioner/Sealer since 2010.
“Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the County Ag Commissioner/Sealer position,” stated Board Chairman Kuyler Crocker. “We are pleased to have someone with his qualifications to serve and represent our County’s vibrant agriculture industry.”
Tucker graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Agricultural Sciences. He then worked as a Qualified Applicator and Pest Control Advisor in private business. Tucker came to the County in 2008 as an Ag & Standards Inspector for the Weights and Measures Division. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Ag Commissioner/Sealer in 2013, the second highest ranked position in the department.
“I am confident Tom will do a great job as the County’s Ag Commissioner/Sealer,” stated Marilyn Wright, who currently serves in the position. “We congratulate Tom on his appointment and are confident that he will serve our agricultural community and the public with dedication and the highest level of professional competency.”
The position of the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures is appointed to a four year term by the Board of Supervisors. In the County of Tulare, both roles are held by one person. In his new role, Tucker will oversee the department’s operations in providing regulatory services and programs in coordination with state and federal agencies. As the County Ag Commissioner/Sealer, Tucker’s base salary will be $136,535.
“I appreciate the Board’s faith in me and pledge to do my very best for the County and our agricultural community,” stated Tucker during his official appointment at today’s Board meeting. “I’d also like to thank Marilyn for her service to the County and for providing me with her guidance and mentorship over the years.”