Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced Joe Reardon of Willow Springs as the new assistant commissioner for consumer protection, part of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
He succeeds Howard Isley, 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.
This is Reardon’s second stint with NCDA&CS. He worked at the department for more than 28 years, including four as director of the Food and Drug Protection Division. He retired in 2009 and became 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.