FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013
||Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
Troxler announces staff appointments
RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announces several staff appointments at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Assistant commissioner for consumer protection
Joe Reardon of Willow Springs has been named assistant commissioner for consumer protection. He succeeds Howard Isley, who retired Feb. 28 after eight years with the department.
Reardon oversees divisions responsible for food safety, agricultural emergency response, animal health, and regulation of the structural pest control industry, pesticide use and various weighing and measuring devices.
This is Reardon’s second stint with NCDA&CS. He worked at the department for more than 28 years, including four as director of the Food and Drug Protection Division. He retired in 2009 and became director of federal-state relations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. In 2011, he was named senior advisor for federal-state relations at FDA.
Assistant commissioner, state forester at N.C. Forest Service
Scott Bissette of Spring Hope, interim assistant commissioner overseeing the N.C. Forest Service since December, has been named to the post permanently. Greg Pate of Goldsboro, the division’s deputy director, has been named state forester. Their appointments followed the Nov. 30 retirement of Wib Owen, who worked in state government for 34 years.
The Forest Service is responsible for protecting, managing and promoting forest resources in North Carolina.
Bissette has held a variety of positions in more than 16 years with the department. Before moving to the Forest Service, he served on the department’s executive staff as agricultural programs administrator. He also has more than 22 years of service with the Stanhope Volunteer Fire Department. Bissette earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Pate has worked at the Forest Service for nearly 25 years, and was a regional forester before being promoted to deputy director last year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in forest management from Auburn University.
Human resources director
Sylvia Crumpler of Raleigh has been appointed director of human resources. She takes over for Ben Harward, who retired Feb. 28 after 38 years in state government.
Crumpler previously was human resources director at the Murdoch Developmental Center, which is operated by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. A graduate of East Carolina University, she has worked in a variety of human resources positions in state government since 1994.