December 30, 2011
Director of Ag Recognizes 10 Long-Term Employees
Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler recognized individuals for outstanding tenure as employees of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. In 2011, 10 people celebrated anniversaries of 25 years or more with the Department.
Two employees celebrated 35 years with the Missouri Department of Agriculture in 2011. Ron Hayes, of Olean, joined the Department in August of 1976, and currently serves as the director of the Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division. Martha Orr, of Vandalia, also joined the Department in 1976, and currently serves as a small scales inspector, also in the Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division.
"It is outstanding to see such long tenure among employees of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and I am proud of the work each of them does for the Department and the citizens of Missouri." said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. "These men and women bring energy and enthusiasm to work with them each day, and their knowledge of the Department and the history of our programs is second to none. Their leadership and experience are great assets for our team."
Five employees celebrated 30-year anniversaries: Steve Gill, of Jefferson City, in the Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division, Mike Harter, of Springfield, in the Plant Industries Division, Chretta Mastin, of Winston, in the Animal Health Division, Joe Walker, of Jefferson City, in the Grain Inspection and Warehousing Division, and Ronda Wohlt, of Jefferson City, in the Animal Health Division.
Further, three employees reached the 25-year mark during 2011: Steve Allison of Tipton, Paul Andre of Columbia and Lindel Bolten of Jefferson City.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture currently employs nearly 300 people, approximately one-half of whom are based in Jefferson City. Employees are also based in regional and home offices throughout the state. Over ten percent - 32 individuals - of the employees have worked for the Department 25 years or more.
For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture or visit mda.mo.gov.