Written by David Castellon
Tulare County’s assistant agricultural commissioner/sealer of weights and measures will take over his boss’ job on March 30.
Members of the county’s board of supervisors announced they will appoint Tom Tucker to the position, replacing Marilyn Wright – formerly Marilyn Kinoshita, who plans to retire.
Wright took over as Tulare County’s commissioner/sealer in 2010.
“Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the county ag commissioner/sealer position,” according to a statement issued by the board’s chairman, Kuyler Crocker. “We are pleased to have someone with his qualifications to serve and represent our County’s vibrant agriculture industry.”
“I am confident Tom will do a great job as the county’s ag commissioner/sealer,” Wright wrote in her own statement. “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.”
Tucker graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in agricultural sciences. He later worked as a qualified applicator and pest control advisor in private business. Tucker came to work for the county in 2008 as an ag and standards inspector for its Weights and Measures Division and was appointed assistant ag commissioner/sealer in 2013.
The agricultural commissioner/sealer of weights and measures is appointed to four-year terms by the supervisors.
In his new role, Tucker will oversee the department’s operations in providing regulatory services and programs in coordination with state and federal agencies, a county press release states.
In his new job, Tucker will receive a salary of $136,535 a year.
“I appreciate the Board’s faith in me and pledge to do my very best for the County and our agricultural community,” Tucker stated in the release. “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.”