Late last week, Governor Ducey announced the appointment of former Speaker of the House Mark Killian to lead the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Director Killian officially took over the department on Monday. The new leadership at the ADA is a positive step. Western Growers recommended Mr. Killian's appointment, along with several other ag groups.
Western Growers Chairman Vic Smith noted, "I had the opportunity to meet Mark Killian while serving on the governor's selection committee and he was a unanimous choice for this position. I believe Arizona agriculture will be very well served by his appointment. His experience and knowledge will bring great leadership to the challenges that lie ahead."
Director Killian takes over the department just in time to oversee the transition of Weights and Measures into the agency, as directed when the legislature passed and Governor Ducey signed HB 2480 on April 9th.