The Task Force meeting scheduled for November 16 at 10 am, will be held at 800 W Washington in the Industrial Commission Auditorium.
I want to introduce myself. My name is Jack Peterson and I have been appointed the Acting Director of the Office of Pest Management. (OPM) I have over 25 years of pesticide regulatory experience and have been working for the Arizona Department of Agriculture since 94. I would be happy to tell you more about me, but this message is not about me it is to provide you with important information about the OPM. I can be reached at 602-542-3575 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to contact me./n/nAs most of you know by now, the OPM has moved into the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) building. Our building is located at 1688 West Adams Street, Phoenix, 85007.
This move was part of the requirements of SB 1194 which was passed by the legislature this past year. The legislation also required that the Director of the ADA appoint a task force made up three structural industry members, three agriculture industry members and two members from the ADA’s
The Task force is to consider 4 things relating to the regulation of structural pest management which includes:
1. A review of all laws and regulations governing structural pest management in this state.
2. A review of possible organizational configurations within the Arizona department of agriculture for structural pest management regulation.
3. A review of personnel and funding issues relating to the administration of structural pest management regulation within the Arizona department of agriculture.
4. Statutory changes necessary to accomplish the future structural pest management program. Bill link: http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/1r/bills/sb1194s.htm&Session_ID=102
The task force members are:
Ken Fredrick Conquistador Pest & Termite, Inc. Tucson
Dave Burns Burns Pest Elimination Phoenix
Kirk Smith Maricopa County Vector Control Phoenix
Jimmy Fox Evergreen Turf Inc. Phoenix
Lin Evans Lin Evans Enterprises, Inc Phoenix
John Boelts Boelts Farming LLC. Yuma
Will Rousseau Rousseau Farms Phoenix
Phil Hemminghaus Golf Ventures West Phoenix
We are in the process of setting up the task force’s first of many meetings. These meetings are open to the public. We will be setting up a task force link on both the ADA and OPM’s websites after the first meeting. Best of all we will have a listserv which allows you to sign up to receive updates relating to task force activities as they occur. If you wish to be part of this, come back to the ADA (www.azda.gov) or OPM website and follow the instructions to sign up.
To update you on OPM personnel contact information following is a listing which includes their phone numbers, cell numbers, e-mails and a brief description of their areas of responsibility. Contact information can also be found at: http://www.sb.state.az.us/EmployeeDir.php
NAME DUTIES OFFICE CELL E-MAIL
Bachmann, Debbie Receptionist/Licensing 602-255-3664 email@example.com
Cislo, Char Accounting 602-255-3655 firstname.lastname@example.org
Colvin, Dave Inspections/Investigations 602-255-0953 602-320-9623 email@example.com
Craig, Vince Compliance Manager 602-255-3663 firstname.lastname@example.org
Crawford, James IT 602-255-3656 email@example.com
Hanko, Bill Inspections/Investigations 602-255-0953 602-316-5267 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ho, Elaine Records 602-255-3662 email@example.com
Howarth, Ashton Licensing – Crim. Conv. 602-255-3659 firstname.lastname@example.org
Keating, Jean Applicator Licensing 602-255-3660 email@example.com
Kennedy, Brian Inspections/Investigations 520-770-3035 520-730-0220 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maeser, Norm Inspections/Investigations 928-266-5004 email@example.com
Pugh, Alan Inspections – Supervisor 602-542-0986 602-206-4350 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pulido, Hugo IT 602-255-3657 email@example.com
Schellhorn, George Inspections/Investigations 520-770-3036 520-400-9229 firstname.lastname@example.org
Smith, Kellie Inspections/Investigations 928-300-7846 email@example.com
Thompson, Misty Licensing – Insurance 602-255-3658 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tolton, Robert Licensing Supervisor 602-255-3652 email@example.com
Walker, Ron CEUs – Initial Cert Training 602-255-3662 firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, since the OPM has moved close to down town Phoenix, applicator or QP testing at the office is no longer provided. We want to provide excellent customer service and fair and consistent regulation. If we can be of help, please contact us.
Associate Director, ESD and Acting Director, OPM Arizona
Department of Agriculture
1688 W Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Quality…From the land to you.
Office of Pest Management (OPM) Moving
From: Scott J. Richardson
The OPM will be moving from its current location at 9535 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd. in Scottsdale to the Arizona Department
of Agriculture Building located at 1688 West Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 the week of July 11th, 2011.
Note: Meetings and/or hearings will be held at the Scottsdale location through Friday July 8th and then after the move at the new Phoenix location. Please plan your interaction with the OPM accordingly. For more information go to the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s website. As stated on their website, “Please accept our apologies for any short term
inconvenience the move may cause.”
This article is not intended to provide legal advice and only relates to Arizona law. It does not consider the scope of laws in states other than
Arizona. Always consult an attorney for legal advice for your particular situation.
Scott Richardson can help your pest control company prosper and guide you through legal or regulatory challenges. Contact Scott at 602-248-1012 or email@example.com
for more information on pest control law and representation.
Thank you to Scott for passing this along!
Bill Transferring OPM to AZ Dept. of Agriculture Clears AZ Legislature
The Arizona House of Representatives today by a 59-0 vote passed legislation transferring the administrative oversight of the Office of Pest Management (OPM) from the Arizona Department of Administration to the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA), clearing the bill for Governor Jan Brewer’s consideration. Governor Brewer has five days to sign the bill into law, which most observers expect her to do.
The Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 1194, which won the approval of the Arizona Senate on February 10, 2011 by a 29-0 vote, represents an enormous legislative victory for the Arizona Pest Professional Organization (AzPPO). AzPPO has worked for the past few years to relocate OPM to the AZDA and SB 1194 is the byproduct of AzPPO’s discussions and negotiations with agricultural stakeholder groups, lawmakers and administrative officials.
Under SB 1194, the director of AZDA will appoint an acting director of OPM to serve at the pleasure of the director of AZDA and OPM will move from its Scottsdale location to the AZDA building at the Capitol Complex in Phoenix. The bill also retains the Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC), but repeals the provision precluding former appointees to the former Structural Pest Control Commission from serving on PMAC.
In addition, the measure creates a Task Force on Structural Pest Management. The Task Force, whose members will be appointed by the director of AZDA and will be comprised of three members of the agricultural community, three members who are licensed as structural pesticide applicators or qualifying parties, two members of AZDA’s Agriculture Advisory Council and one member representing AZDA, who shall serve as chairperson of the Task Force. The Task Force is charged with, among other things, reviewing and recommending to key lawmakers by December 15, 2012 the possible future organizational structure of AZDA’s administration of the regulation of structural pest management including personnel and funding issues. These recommendations will likely serve as the basis for legislation during the 2013 Legislative Session establishing a permanent organizational structure within AZDA for the regulation of structural pest management activities since, under SB 1194, AZDA’s management authority over OPM expires on December 31, 2013.
The new law goes into effect 90 days after the 2011 Legislative Session ends, which should be in the next week or two. AzPPO will continue to keep the industry apprised of the very important and exciting development.