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Henry S. Gonzales

Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer
County of Monterey                

                                    

Henry S. Gonzales was appointed Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on March 14, 2018.  Prior to joining Monterey County, Mr. Gonzales served nine years as Agricultural Commissioner for the County of Ventura.  He began his career as a Quarantine Insect Trapper for the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office and later promoted to Agricultural Inspector/Biologist, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, and Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner.

Mr. Gonzales holds an Associate of Science degree in Agricultural Mechanics from Hartnell College, Salinas; a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science from California State University, Fresno, and an Executive Master's degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

In addition to his formal education and many years of experience working within the California Agricultural Commissioner's system, Mr. Gonzales draws on his experience as a farmworker, which provides a well-rounded understanding of the agricultural industry.  The child of a migrant farmworker family, he began working in the fields of the Salinas Valley at the age of 13, thinning lettuce seedlings with the now-banned short handled hoe called el cortito (the short one) in Spanish.  During his time as a farmworker, he was a member of the United Farm Workers of America.

Monterey County and Ventura County are the 4th and 8th highest producing agricultural counties in the state, and the number one and number two strawberry producing counties, respectively.  The very similar growing conditions and challenges have afforded him the necessary background to lead the many complex issues faced by Monterey County's agricultural industry.  Mr. Gonzales has administered pest detection, exclusion, eradication, and management activities for invasive species such as the Light Brown Apple Moth and the Asian citrus psyllid that impact farming in both counties.  Both counties struggle with a labor scarcity, environmental justice, and fumigant-pesticide issues.  Mr. Gonzales has substantial experience in pesticide use and enforcement which has led him to see the value of the agricultural industry sitting down with environmental, labor advocates and others to address issues of shared interest.  His experience engaging in outreach activities has resulted in greater communication and understanding of the needs of agriculture and the local community.

As Monterey County's Agricultural Commissioner, Mr. Gonzales and his staff oversee the County's $4.25 billion agricultural industry.  In his role as Agricultural Commissioner, he is both promoter and regulator of agriculture.  As Sealer of Weight and Measures, he works to ensure accuracy in the marketplace.

Mr. Gonzales is a member of the California Agricultural Commissioner's and Sealer's Association (CACASA).  As a member of CACASA, he has served on the Pesticide Regulatory Affairs, Finance, Mill, Distribution, and Nursery, Seed and Apiary Committees.  He also represents CACASA on the California Department of Pesticide Regulation's Worker Safety Regulation Work Group.  Additionally, he is a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis.  He has also served on the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program Advisory Committee.