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For Immediate Release: November 8, 2011

County Appoints New Agricultural Commissioner

Tony Linegar brings statewide experience and regional understanding

Santa Rosa, CA (November 8, 2011) – On November 8, 2011, the Board of Supervisors and County Administrator announced the appointment of Anthony “Tony” Linegar as the new Agricultural Commissioner for the County of Sonoma. Mr. Linegar’s appointment follows an extensive recruitment process and his appointment brings with him extensive California experience from many counties which will strengthen the County’s commitment to agriculture.

Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Efren Carrillo commented, Tony is a forward thinking, energetic professional with over 16 years experience in the field of Agriculture and Weights and Measures. He was our top choice due to his professional skills and his professional reputation for working effectively with industry and other governmental agencies.

County Administrator, Veronica Ferguson commented, Tony brings his wealth of knowledge of Sonoma County’ issues from working in the neighboring and other northern California counties.  Whether it is European Grape Vine Moth, Sudden Oak Death or issues facing the Russian River Watershed, Tony knows the issues and will ready on day one.   Given the ongoing challenges local agriculture is facing, Tony will be an incredible resource for the community. We are proud to have Tony join our County family.

Tony Linegar has a B.S. from Chico State University in Biological Sciences and completed coursework at Saint Mary’s College and Shasta Junior College.  From 1995 to 2001, he was a Standards Specialist in the Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and from 2001 to present he has been employed in Mendocino County.  Tony started as an Agricultural and Standards Specialist III, moving to Assistant Agricultural Commissioner’s/Sealer Weights and became the Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures in January of 2009. 

Tony is 46 years old and is married to his wife of 19 years, Krista.  Tony and Krista have two children,  Maddy and Evan.  Maddy is a freshman in high school and will be attending Healdsburg High, and Evan is in the fifth grade.

“I appreciate the Board’s and Ms. Ferguson’s confidence in me to serve in such a critical position,” Linegar said. “The heart of Sonoma County is agriculture and we must work in partnership with our farmers to ensure its health.”

Mr. Linegar’s annual salary will be $138,000 and will start on January 3rd, 2012.

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About the County of Sonoma

The County of Sonoma is comprised of 26 departments and agencies that provide a full range of services to the community. It encompasses over 1600 square miles and is home to almost 500,000 residents. Sonoma County government has a history of providing excellent and responsive public service while operating under sound fiscal principles.

Located less than one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County combines in one location the beautiful Pacific coastline, award-winning wineries, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.

Contact Information

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Community and Governmental Affairs Manager
County Administrator’s Office
County of Sonoma
Address:
575 Administration Drive, Suite 104 A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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