Kelle Schroeder has accepted an offer to become Tuolumne County’s new agricultural commissioner.

Schroeder comes to the position with 27 years of relevant public and private sector experience. She currently serves as a deputy agricultural commissioner in Stanislaus County.

“Ms. Schroeder’s government and customer references were very positive in regards to her character, competence and ability to work with others,” County Administrator Craig Pedro stated in a press release.

The release also noted that Schroeder’s assimilation into the community will be made easier by the fact that she and her husband already own a second home in the Long Barn area.

Schroeder graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and holds licenses for agricultural commissioner and sealer of weights and measures from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

She raised sheep in 4-H and her parents owned a business leasing land to cattlemen in the Livermore area.

The proposed employment contract is for a four-year term with a starting annual base salary of $104,449, in addition to health and retirement benefits provided in the county’s executive/confidential compensation plan.

California law requires that agricultural commissioners be appointed to four-year terms.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors will consider approving an employment contract for Schroeder at a public meeting on Tuesday.

Schroeder would replace Agricultural Commissioner Gary Stockel, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

Stockel announced his plans to retire in mid-July. He’s worked for the county since January 2015.

“I am grateful for the opportunities this position has provided, the challenges that have been presented, and the great support you have shown me,” Stockel wrote to the Board of Supervisors in his retirement announcement.

Stockel has worked in agriculture for 36 years.

The position of agricultural commissioner in Tuolumne County carries a number of other responsibilities, including sealer of weights and measures, air pollution control officer, and director of animal control.

The board will honor Stockel for his service at 11 a.m. during the meeting on Tuesday, in addition to other departing employees and elected officials.

District 2 Supervisor Randy Hanvelt and District 3 Supervisor Evan Royce will receive recognition for their eight years on the board.

Hanvelt was defeated in the Nov. 6 general election by Ryan Campbell, while Royce decided not to seek re-election. Anaiah Kirk will replace Royce when both new supervisors take their seats on Jan. 7.

Duke York, the county’s longtime deputy director of roads, will be honored for his many years of service as well upon the occasion of his retirement.

The board will also consider approving York’s appointment as relief deputy director of roads for a maximum hourly rate of $64 an hour and no more than 960 hours per fiscal year while working to find his replacement.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.com or (209) 588-4530.



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