Melissa Cregan speaks before the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. Photo via Fresno County
Written by David Castellon
Fresno County officials didn’t have to look far to find their new commissioner/sealer of weights and measures.
During its meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Supervisors appointed Melissa Cregan as permanent head of the department, replacing previous Commissioner/Sealer Les Wright, who retired in late January.
Cregan was appointed as his interim replacement until Tuesday’s unanimous vote.
“Commissioner Cregan holds a [bachelor of science degree] in animal science from UC Davis and brings 30-plus years of experience in livestock and 12 years in civil service leadership,” states a press release issued by her department.
Cregan is a former inspector and later deputy agricultural commissioner for Madera County. About six years ago, she was hired as a deputy ag commissioner for Fresno County over the Pest Detection and Exclusion Division. As Wright’s retirement loomed, Cregan was promoted to assistant ag commission/sealer and then named the interim department head after he retired.
Before Tuesday’s vote, Chief Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau said a committee of local agriculture industry members who helped vet the job candidates recommended Cregan for the job.
“We had a strong candidate field, and she prevailed,” he added.
“I think we’re very lucky to have you, and welcome aboard — officially,” said Buddy Mendes, the board’s vice chairman.
“I think the county has a really good future, I think the department has a really good future, and I’m happy to be a part that,” Cregan told the board.