Salem, Ore. (August 24, 2016) – Katy Coba, a fifth-generation wheat farmer from Pendleton, Oregon has resigned as the Director of Agriculture for Governor Kate Brown after thirteen and a half years in this position. She has served for Governor’s Kulongoski, Kitzhaber and Brown during her reign. Coba has accepted a position with Governor Brown pending Oregon Senate confirmation in September as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Department of Administrative Services.
Katy Coba is the longest service agricultural director in the United States who started working in state government in 1985. Prior to accepting the Oregon Department of Agricultural Director position, Coba was a Special Assistant to the position. She also served in Governor Kitzhaber’s first administration as Chief Policy Advisor, Economic Development and International Trade Policy Advisor, and Director of Executive Appointments as listed by a press release from the Governor’s office.
“I had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Agriculture for four years under Katy Coba,” Jerome Rosa, the Executive Director for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association stated.
“Katy had great marketing abilities, organizing many trade missions benefiting commodities in Oregon. She was always accessible with an open door policy that we greatly appreciated,” Rosa added.
Lisa Charpilloz Hanson, the Department of Agriculture’s Deputy Director, will serve as the interim director starting October 1st according to a news release by the Capital Press.
Katy Coba will be sorely missed but the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association knows that she will be very successful in her new position.