N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently announced several staff appointments at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Scott Bissette of Spring Hope, N.C., interim assistant commissioner overseeing the N.C. Forest Service since December, has been named to the post permanently.
Greg Pate of Goldsboro, the division's deputy director, has been named state forester. Their appointments follow the Nov. 30 retirement of Wib Owen, who worked in state government for 34 years.
The Forest Service manages and promotes forest resources in the state.
Bissette has 16 years of experience with the department and during which he held a variety of positions. Before moving to the Forest Service, he served on the department's executive staff as agricultural programs administrator. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.
Page has worked at the Forest Service for nearly 25 years and was a regional forester before being promoted to deputy director last year. He holds a bachelor's degree in forest management from Auburn University.
Joe Reardon or Willow Springs has been named assistant commissioner for consumer protection. He succeeds Howard Isely, who retired Feb. 28 after eight years with the department. Reardon oversees divisions responsible for food safety, agricultural emergency response, animal health, and regulation of the structural pest control industry, pesticide use and various weighing and measuring devices.
Reardon worked with NCDA&CS for more than 28 years, including four years as director of the Food and Drug Protection Division. In 2009 he retired from NCDA&CS to become director of federal-state relations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Regulatory Affairs. In 2011 he was named senior advisor for federal-state relations at FDA.
Sylvia Crumpler of Raleigh has been appointed director of human resources at NCDA&CS. She takes over for Ben Harward, who retired Feb. 28 after 38 years in state government. Crumpler was previously human resources director at the Murdoch Developmental Center, which is operated by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.