Broomfield, Colo. — Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg has selected Hollis Glenn to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Glenn is currently the Director of the Division of Inspection and Consumer Services (ICS). He will begin in the new position on February 1, 2022. 

“Hollis’s deep roots in Colorado, his commitment to agriculture, and his experience with the state’s regulatory framework make him the perfect candidate to be CDA’s first Deputy Commissioner of Operations,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. “As we work to improve how CDA delivers services and makes them more accessible, Hollis will help ensure the Department continues to be an inclusive and respected partner in Colorado’s varied agricultural communities.”

Over the past 6 years, Glenn has overseen a number of regulatory programs that provide economic protection to agricultural producers and ensure Colorado consumers receive products that are safe, properly labeled, and sold in an honest manner. 

“The regulatory arm of the Department of Agriculture works to protect consumers and benefit producers while encouraging equity in the marketplace. I look forward to creating and enhancing systems in our Department to ensure Colorado agriculture continues to be a vital part of our state’s economy and culture,” said Hollis Glenn. 

Glenn serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Feed Control Officials and serves on the FDA Governing Council for the Partnership for Food Protection. He was appointed by Governor Polis to represent the Department of Agriculture on the Colorado Food System Advisory Council and was the recipient of the Colorado Farm Bureau’s “Who’s Who in Agriculture” in 2020. Glenn was born and raised in Colorado and earned his MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Commissioner Greenberg has appointed Mark Gallegos to serve as Acting Director of ICS division. Gallegos is the Section Chief of the Technical Services Section (TSS). He develops strategic planning and analysis and directs administration and daily operations for TSS. His regulatory work gives him an opportunity to engage with a wide range of industries including livestock, grain, and feed manufacturing. Gallegos graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business and comes from a family that has been involved in agriculture in Colorado since the late 1500s.

The Deputy Commissioner of Operations is a new position at CDA. The application period remains open until January 31 for Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, the position currently held by Steve Silverman.

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By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.