Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture

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Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $8,307,463
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  General Statutes of Connecticut, 22-422-1
Selection Method:  Appointed by governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Steven Reviczky
Assumed office:  March 1, 2011
Compensation:  $118,000
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The Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture is a state executive position in the Connecticut state government. The commissioner oversees the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, which is directed to "encourage and promote the development of agriculture" within Connecticut.[1] The department, under the direction of the commissioner, also publishes research and statistics regarding the state's agriculture industry and enforces various regulations of the industry.

Current officeholder

The current commissioner is Steven Reviczky, who was first appointed in January 2011 by Governor Dan Malloy and took office on March 1. Like all appointed state executives, Reviczky serves four-year terms, and so will come up for reappointment in March 2015.[2]

Before becoming commissioner, Reviczky was executive director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association from 2006 to 2011. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture's Farmland Preservation Program for eight years and in the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for nine years. Before joining the state's executive branch, he was a special legislative assistant to the Secretary of the Office of Policy Management.[2]

Authority

The office of agriculture commissioner is established by statute.[3]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 22-422-1

There shall be a state Department of Agriculture, consisting of a Commissioner of Agriculture and, subject to the provisions of chapter 67, such employees as may be necessary for the performance of the duties required by the general statutes.

Qualifications

State law requires that the commissioner be "qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office," but does not establish any specific requirements.[4]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 4-46-8

Each department head shall be qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office.

Appointments

Connecticut state government organizational chart

Agriculture commissioners are appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the state legislature. The commissioner serves at the governor's pleasure for four-year terms beginning on the first day of March in the year of his appointment.[5]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 4-46-6

the Governor shall, with the advice and consent of either house of the General Assembly, appoint each department head in the manner prescribed by section 4-7 and section 4-8, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor but no longer than four years from the first day of March in the year of his appointment, unless reappointed under the provisions of said sections.

Term limits

See also: State executive official term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of agriculture commissioner.

Vacancies

As with all state appointive offices, vacancies in the office of agriculture commissioner are filled by the governor and approved by a majority vote in both houses of the state legislature. If a vacancy occurs while the legislature is not in session, the governor may appoint a replacement to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next legislative session.[6]

Duties

The commissioner of agriculture is the chief executive of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and coordinates and plans its activities.

The Department of Agriculture's responsibilities include both regulating and promoting Connecticut's agriculture industry. It:[7]

  • Establishes standards for the production and distribution of agricultural goods to ensure food safety
  • Oversees and promotes the harvesting of shellfish and other marine life
  • Provides marketing assistance for the goods of Connecticut's farmers and other aid to people wishing to enter the agriculture industry or expand their business
  • Produces statistics and research regarding the Connecticut agricultural market
  • Operates the Hartford Regional Market, a 32-acre facility for farmers and wholesales to sell food.

Divisions

The commissioner overseas the five divisions which compose the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. They are:[8]

  • Commissioner's Office
  • Bureau of Regulation and Inspection
  • Bureau of Aquaculture
  • Bureau of Agricultural Development and Resource Preservation
  • Hartford Regional Market

State budget

The budget for the Department of Agriculture in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $8,307,463.[9]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $118,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[10]

2012

In 2012, the Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $118,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

His salary is determined by law.

Historical officeholders

There have been 49 Connecticut agriculture commissioners (and equivalent officers) since 1866.[11]

List of Former Officeholders from 1866-Present
# Name Tenure
1 Gov. J. R. Hawley 1866-1867
2 Gov. James E. English 1867-1869
3 Gov. Marshall Jewell 1869-1870
4 Gov. James E. English 1870-1871
5 Gov. Marshall Jewell 1871-1872
6 Gov. Charles R. Ingersoll 1873-1877
7 Gov. Richard D. Hubbard 1877-1879
8 Gov. Charles B. Andrews 1879-1881
9 Gov. Hobart B. Bigelow 1881-1883
10 Gov. Thomas M. Waller 1883-1885
11 Gov. Henry B. Harrison 1885-1887
12 Gov. Phineas C. Lounsbury 1887-1889
13 Gov. Morgan G. Bulkeley 1889-1893
14 Gov. Luzon B. Morris 1893-1895
15 Gov. Vincent Coffin 1895-1897
16 Gov. Lorrin A. Cooke 1897-1899
17 Gov. George E. Lounsbury 1899-1901
18 Gov. George P. McLean 1901-1903
19 Gov. Abiram Chamberlain 1903-1905
20 Gov. Henry Roberts 1905-1907
21 Gov. Rollin S. Woodruff 1907-1909
22 Gov. George L. Lilley 1909
23 Gov. Frank B. Weeks 1909-1911
24 Gov. Simeon E. Baldwin 1911-1915
25 Gov. Marcus H. Holcomb 1915-1921
26 Gov. Everett J. Lake 1921-1923
27 Gov. Charles A. Templeton 1923-1925
28 Gov. Hiram Bingham 1925
29 Gov. John H. Trumbull 1925
30 Philo T. Platt, 1st Commissioner 1925-1927
31 Leonard Holmes Healey 1927-1928
32 S. McLean Buckingham 1928-1932
33 Olcott F. King 1932-1944
34 Frank H. Peet 1944-1946
35 John Christensen 1946-1954
36 Joseph N. Gill 1954-1970
37 John T. Macdonald 1970-1973
38 Fenton P. Futtner 1973-1974
39 George M. Wilber 1974-1977
40 Leonard E. Krogh 1977-1982
41 H. Earl Waterman 1982-1983
42 Kenneth B. Andersen 1983-1990
43 John J.C. Herndon 1990-1991
44 John R.H. Blum 1991-1995
45 Shirley Ferris 1995-2002
46 Bruce H. Gresczyk (Acting) 2002-2003
47 Bruce H. Gresczyk 2003-4/15/2005
48 F. Philip Prelli 2005-2011
49 Steven Reviczky 2011-present

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Contact info

Address:
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 713-2500

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