Building inspector Sean Connell has been hired to oversee Mendocino County’s Cannabis Program, Agricultural Commissioner Harinder Grewal announced Tuesday.
“I hope he will help make Mendocino County’s program a shining example of success,” Grewal told the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors during their Dec. 11 meeting, adding that Connell already works in the county’s department of Building and Planning Services, but will be taking over his new role Dec. 31. “I am so excited to have him, and so glad he accepted the position.”
Connell then addressed the board, adding that he also was excited about his new job, though “I’m trying to contain my excitement, as you can tell from my wavering voice,” Connell said.
The position has been empty for six months after the previous manager, Kelly Overton, abruptly resigned June 20, just four months after taking over the job.
Mendocino County created the cannabis program manager position in July of 2017 to help coordinate the county’s cannabis programs and to manage cannabis strategies, policies, and programs for the county, providing permits and licenses through the Mendocino County Cannabis Program and overseeing the county’s Cannabis Cultivation and Facilities Programs.