The Washington State Potato Commission has named grower Jared Balcom as chairman, succeeding Bob Halverson.
The transition was effective July 1. Balcom, a Pasco, Wash.-based potato grower, has been a commissioner since 2005.
“There are multiple legislative, research, and communication initiatives that the commission will continue to focus on to benefit the Washington state potato industry,” Balcom said in a news release.
Other commission officers are:
- Nelson Cox, Warden, first vice chairman
- Mike Dodds, Moses Lake, second vice chairman
- Nick Johnson, Othello, secretary
- Rex Calloway, Quincy, treasurer
- Bob Halverson, Toppenish, past chairman
The officers were named at the commission’s annual meeting.
Halverson continues to serve as a commissioner, as he has since 2000. One of 15 commissioners, he is in his fifth term.
Nine of the 15 are grower-elected positions and five are appointed. A representative from the Washington State Department of Agriculture also sits on the board.