Meet Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Dave Whitmer. A Napa County native, Dave has worked with the County of Napa since 1981. He was originally hired as an Agricultural Biologist and worked in many of the department's programs including pest detection, pest management, quarantine and pesticide law enforcement prior to promotion to Deputy Agricultural Commissioner in 1987. Dave was appointed to fill the Agricultural Commissioner role in 1994.
Dave has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from California State University-Chico, and is active in the local community with groups such as Leadership Napa Valley. Internationally, he is involved with the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
Dave is married to Loie (Williams) Whitmer and has two adult children, a daughter, Lindsay, and a son, Dale.
One of Dave’s favorite quotes :
"It is not necessarily those lands which are the most fertile or most favored in climate that seem to me the happiest, but those in which a long stroke of adaptation between man and his environment has brought out the best qualities of both." --T.S.Eliot