Mary Ann Warmerdam named director of Dept of Pesticide Regulation
Gov. 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 Company. 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 a number of capacities from 1981 to 2001. She is a resident of Yolo and is registered decline-to-state. This position requires Senate confirmation, and the compensation is $123,255.