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Mary Ann Warmerdam: Schwarzenegger appoints director of pesticide regs

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced the appointment of Mary Ann Warmerdam as director, Paul Gosselin as chief deputy director, and Mark Rentz as deputy director of external affairs for the Department of Pesticide Regulation.

“Monitoring and regulating the use of pesticides throughout the state is an important responsibility,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Under the leadership of Mary Ann, I am confident that the team at the Department of Pesticide Regulation will continue to maintain California's high standards of protection for both the environment and human health.”

Warmerdam most recently served as manager of state governmental relations for the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Prior to that, she served as the director of governmental affairs for the Regional Council of Rural Counties in 2003 and was general manager of the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District from 2001 to 2002.

Warmerdam was previously administrative director and director of the governmental affairs division for the California Farm Bureau Federation, where she served in several capacities from 1981 to 2001. She is a member of the board directors for the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation and the Cache Creek Conservancy and is also a member of the Yolo County Historical Advisory Committee and the Woodland Opera House Guild.

Warmerdam, 46, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno, and a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus. She is a resident of Yolo and is registered decline-to-state. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $123,255.

Gosselin's background

Gosselin has served as chief deputy director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation since 1999. Within the department, he was previously assistant director of the Division of Registration and Health Evaluation from 1998 to 1999 and assistant director of the Division of Enforcement, Environmental Monitoring and Data Management from 1993 to 1998.

Gosselin was with the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture from 1984 to 1993, serving in a variety of positions at the Pesticide Bureau before serving as director of the Division of Regulatory Services from 1989 to 1993.

Gosselin was a member of the Massachusetts Water Resource Commission, Pesticide Board and Integrated Pest Management Steering Committee. Gosselin, 42, earned a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. He is a resident of Wilton and is registered decline-to-state. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $118,284.

Forestry work

Rentz has served as vice president for environmental and legal affairs at the California Forestry Association since 1996. He was previously national director for the federal timber program of the American Forest and Paper Association from 1993 to 1996. Rentz served with the U.S. Forest Service from 1980 to 1993 as a professional forester, assistant regional coordinator for administrative appeals and regional wildlife coordinator for timber management.

Rentz is a certified forester with the Society of American Foresters and a member of the California State Bar.

Rentz, 52, earned a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Oregon State University and Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law. He is a resident of Sacramento and is registered decline-to-state. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $94,788.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) protects human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use and fostering reduced-risk pest management. DPR's strict oversight includes product evaluation and registration, environmental monitoring, residue testing of fresh produce and local use enforcement through the county agricultural commissioners. DPR has 358 employees with an annual budget of $56.6 million.

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