The Agricultural Commissioner is mandated to promote and protect agriculture, the environment, and public welfare through enforcement of local, state, and federal laws and regulations. The department is organized into three distinct divisions: Agricultural Commissioner, Sealer of Weights and Measures, and Fish and Wildlife Commission. The Agricultural Commissioner also participates on the County Planning Review Advisory and Environmental Review Committees.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission
is an advisory body that makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The Commission is responsible for funding grants from monies derived from fines and restitution for violations under the California Fish and Game Code the purpose of which is the conservation and enhancement of fish and wildlife and their habitat in Sonoma County. The Commission also administers the Abalone Fund, which primarily serves to fund grants to enhance the abalone population on the North Coast. The Agricultural Commissioner provides staff support to the Commission.