Jon Devaney has been hired as executive director of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association.

Devaney, who was scheduled to start Nov. 23, previously was a legislative assistant for Congressman Doc Hastings, R-Wash.

Devaney has also served with the Yakima-based Northwest Horticultural Council, said Keith Mathews, former executive director of the association and now chief executive officer of Yakima-based FirstFruits Marketing of Washington. Mathews left the association in October.