Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer (1260B)


To protect agricultural and environmental resources, ensure the safe use of pesticides, provide consumer protection, and ensure equity in the marketplace thru the enforcement of State and Federal statutes and policies concerning agriculture and weights and measures.

Department Headline Measures

Percent of SFO Agricultural Shipments Inspected with Actionable Pests is at Benchmark Level

Percent of Commercial Weighing and Measuring Devices in Compliance with State Regulations Meets Target

Budget Summary

FY 2017-18

  • Total Sources: $3,847,214
  • Total Requirements: $6,224,423
  • Net County Cost: $2,377,209
  • Funded FTEs: 28.9

FY 2018-19

  • Total Sources: $3,862,214
  • Total Requirements: $6,226,259
  • Net County Cost: $2,364,045
  • Funded FTEs: 28.9

Program Results

Percent of Licensed Businesses in Compliance with Pesticide Regulations Remains Above Target Level

Percent Of Exotic Insect Quality Control Specimens Recovered By Pest Detection Staff Is Below Target

Average Cost Per Weights & Measures Device Inspected Is Above Target Level

Administrative Measures

Percent of Performance Goals Met Exceeds Target

Percent of Customer Survey Respondents Rating Services Good or Better Exceeds Target

Cost Per Capita has Increased

Percent of Employees Rating Experience Working for the County as Good or Better Exceeds Target

Percent of Employee Evaluations Completed Annually Meets Target

Percent of Employees Meeting the 20 Hour Annual Training Requirement Exceeds Target

FY 2017-18 Highlights

  • Coordinated response with California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to Half Moon Bay area Mediterranean Fruit Fly finds and resulting quarantine and eradication activities
  • Continued pest detection survey and regulatory enforcement for Asian Citrus Psyllid quarantine and survey for Huanglongbing, a disease lethal to citrus
  • Agricultural Ombudsman assisted 38 agricultural stakeholders including 32 projects completed
  • As Fresh As It Gets represented at Half Moon Bay Farm Day, Chef's Farm Tour, and other events
  • Continued treatment of Jubata grass on 257-acre County property in Pescadero
  • Assisted in the development of County cannabis cultivation ordinance and industry outreach
  • Implementation of Statewide California Pesticide Enforcement Activity Tracking System (CalPEATS), an electronic pesticide regulatory inspection database
  • Outreach and education to farm operators on new regulations concerning agricultural pesticide use near schools
  • Department staff member passed the State Sealer license exam and another passed the State Deputy Sealer exam.

FY 2018-19 Priorities

  • Continue coordination with CDFA in response to Half Moon Bay area Mediterranean Fruit Fly pest detection, quarantine and eradication activities
  • Ongoing response to Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) finds and survey for Huanglongbing, a disease lethal to citrus
  • Implement State cannabis cultivation regulations and Department elements of the County ordinance 
  • Pesticide Continuing Education (CE) safety training and outreach for agricultural operators, municipal employees, pest control businesses, and bilingual fieldworker safety training and outreach.
  • Continue to monitor development and possible implementation of electronic pest detection trapping program (CalTRAP)
  • Train additional staff in Weights and Measures devices and point of sale system inspection
  • Continue Succession Plan implementation and Staff Development
  • Maintain a high level of customer service and employee satisfaction
  • Encourage active staff participation in Wellness programs

Links to Program Reports

Author: Maria Mastrangelo, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer     Contact Email:      
Last Updated: 8/24/18