Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Kerry Gibson to serve as commissioner for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, following LuAnn Adams’ announcement that she will retire.
“Kerry Gibson is extraordinarily well prepared to serve as commissioner for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food,” said Gov. Herbert. “His experience as a legislator, a county commissioner, and especially as a dairy farmer himself, will serve him well as he works with Utah’s farmers, ranchers, and other important members of our agricultural community.”
Prior to this appointment, Gibson most recently served as deputy director for the Department of Natural Resources. He has also served as a commissioner for Weber County, and in the Utah House of Representatives. During his time as a state representative, Gibson was the chair of the Natural Resources Appropriations Committee, where he oversaw the state’s budget for the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture and Food, amongst others.
“It is truly an honor to have been nominated by Governor Herbert as the commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food,” Gibson said. “I express my gratitude to all of those who work so hard every day to provide food and fiber for a grateful nation. Working together with all Utahns, we can make Utah an even better place to live and thrive.”
This appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate. Prior to confirmation, Gibson will serve as interim director for the Department of Agriculture and Food, effective immediately.