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.

Department Headline Measures

Percent of SFO Agricultural Shipments Inspected with Actionable Pests is the Same Compared to LAX

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

Budget Summary

FY 2016-17

  • Total Sources: $3,642,766
  • Total Requirements: $5,567,663
  • Net County Cost: $1,924,897
  • Funded FTEs: 28.9

FY 2017-18

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

Program Results

Percent of Licensed Businesses in Compliance with Pesticide Regulations Increased

Percent of Exotic Insect Quality Control Specimens Recovered By Pest Detection Staff Meets Target

Average Cost Per Weights & Measures Device Inspected Increased

Administrative Measures

Percent of Performance Goals Met Increased

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

Cost Per Capita has Increased

Percent of Employees Rating Experience Working for the County as Good or Better has Decreased

Percent of Employee Evaluations Completed Annually Exceeds Target

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

FY 2016-17 Highlights

  • Agricultural Ombudsman assisted 42 agricultural stakeholders including 10 projects completed
  • As Fresh As It Gets represented at Half Moon Bay Farm Day, Harbor Festival, Chef's Farm Tour, and other events
  • Treatment of Jubata grass on 257-acre County property in Pescadero
  • Initial implementation of California Pesticide Enforcement Activity Tracking System (CalPEATS), an electronic pesticide regulatory inspection database
  • Provided pesticide safety continuing education presentations for agricultural operators, municipal employees, pest control businesses, and participated in bilingual pesticide safety information session for a Pescadero Health Fair focusing on farmworkers and residents  
  • Recipient of County Wellness Grant and active staff participation in Wellness programs
  • Department staff passed the State Agricultural Commissioner Exam 

FY 2017-18 Priorities

  • Continue response to Asian Citrus Psyllid finds and survey for Huanglongbing, a citrus disease
  • Coordinate with California Department of Food and Agriculture in response to Half Moon Bay area Mediterranean Fruit Fly finds and resulting quarantine and eradication activities
  • Implement State cannabis cultivation regulations and assistance in development of County ordinance 
  • Outreach and education to farm operators concerning new agricultural pesticide use near schools regulations
  • Fully implement California Pesticide Enforcement Activity Tracking System (CalPEATS)
  • Continue development and implementation of electronic pest detection trapping program (CalTRAP)
  • Train additional staff in Weights and Measures field inspections
  • Continue Succession Plan implementation and Staff Development
  • Maintain a high level of customer service and employee satisfaction

Links to Program Reports

Author: Maria Mastrangelo, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer     Contact Email:      
Last Updated: 1/29/18