Maine Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

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Maine Maine Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $108,255,036
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the governor's pleasure
Authority:  Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, Chapter 1, §2
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor, confirmed by the state legislature
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Walter Whitcomb
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $102,689
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The Maine Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is a nonpartisan position in the Maine state government. The commissioner acts as head of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which is deals with all aspects of the state's food system and is responsible for preserving, protecting and enhancing Maine's land resources. In Maine, the commissioner is appointed by the governor with the approval of the state legislature.

In 2012, the department of agriculture, conservation and forestry was formed from the merger of the department of agriculture and the department of conservation.[1] Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) announced his intentions to combine the two departments in the fall of 2011, saying a joint department could better serve industries related to farming and forestry and help them drive economic development.[2] The merger became law the following spring as part of a supplemental budget package.[2]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Walter Whitcomb. He was appointed by Gov. Paul LePage (R) in August 2012.[2] Whitcomb previously served as commissioner of the now-defunct department of agriculture, which was merged with the former department of conservation to create the department of agriculture, conservation and forestry in 2012.

Authority

The Maine Revised Statutes address the office of commissioner of agriculture, conservation and forestry in Title 7, Chapter 1, §2.[3]

The commissioner shall be the chief administrative officer of the department.

Qualifications

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Appointments

Maine state government organizational chart

As outlined in Title 7, Part 1, Chapter 1, §1 of the Maine State Statutes, the commissioner is nominated by the Governor of Maine, subject to review by the legislative committee on agriculture, conservation and forestry, as well as confirmation by a vote of the state legislature. The commissioner holds office at the pleasure of the governor.[4]

Vacancies

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Duties

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The commissioner is responsible for overseeing the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which enforces agriculture and natural resource related regulations, while also working to protect those resources in the state of Maine.[5]

Divisions

The commissioner will lead the department with the help of two deputies.[2] One will be focused on “agriculture, forestry and natural resources-based economic development,” and the other focused on the departments’s day-to-day operations. The department will be organized into seven divisions focused on agriculture, forestry, animal and plant health, land use and other areas currently overseen by the two departments.[2]

State budget

See also: Maine state budget and finances

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 was $108,255,036.[6]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2014

In 2014, the commissioner was paid an estimated $102,689, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

2013

In 2013, the commissioner was paid an estimated $102,689, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

2012

In 2012, the commissioner was paid an estimated $102,689, according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
22 State House Station
18 Elkins Lane
Augusta, Maine 04333-0022

Phone: (207) 287-3200
Email: walt.whitcomb@maine.gov

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