FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 11, 2012) — Today, Commissioner James Comer announced that former State Representative Fred Nesler from Mayfield has joined the team at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Nesler is serving as the deputy executive director in the Office of Strategic Planning and Administration, which oversees daily operations at the department.
“Fred Nesler is one of the most respected public officials I’ve known, and his knowledge of agriculture is second to none,” Comer said. “This is a big coup for us. It says a lot about the Department that we could bring on board a man of such gravity.”
Comer and Nesler served together for more than a decade in the state House of Representatives and became good friends while working together on the House Agriculture Committee. In addition to his legislative experience in agriculture, Nesler runs his own farming operation and grew up on a family farm.
“When Commissioner Comer approached me about the position, I became really excited about the big things we can do for our farmers here in Kentucky,” he said. “Farmers don’t care about politics. They care about prosperity. Under Commissioner Comer’s leadership, I know that’s where we are headed, and I’m honored he asked me to be a part of his team.”
Nesler resigned his legislative seat on May 31 and started work at the Department of Agriculture on June 1.