IMPERIAL COUNTY — Tuesday, after returning from closed session of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors regular meeting, County Counsel Katherine Turner announced the appointment of Carlos Ortiz as the new Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures. Mr. Ortiz has held the position of Acting Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer since October 11, 2016 following former Commissioner Connie Valenzuela’s retirement. Mr. Ortiz began serving as Imperial County’s Agricultural Commissioner on December 13, 2016.
“The Board is unanimously enthusiastic about appointing Mr. Ortiz as the Agricultural Commissioner,” said Supervisor Jack Terrazas, Chairman of the Board. “He is a long time county employee of the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and has previously worked in every position. He comes to us very prepared and energetic about leading the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.”
Mr. Ortiz has been an employee of the Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office since January 1988 when he was hired as an Agricultural Biologist/Standard Specialist I. Mr. Ortiz has served in several positions since, including Agricultural Biologist II, III, and IV, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Deputy Sealer, and Assistant Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer. Prior to working for the Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, Mr. Ortiz worked for the Southwestern Cotton Bowl Weevil Project and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“I care for the Valley and humbly accept this position,” stated Mr. Ortiz when asked about the announcement. “I am committed to promoting and protecting local agriculture, the environment, and serving the public. I want to thank the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office staff for their support and hard work during this transition of management. I look forward to working with all of them in this new role and greatly appreciate the Board of Supervisors for placing their confidence in my leadership abilities.”
Mr. Ortiz, a resident of El Centro, received his bachelor’s of science degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterey.