Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 Lansing – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams is stepping down, effective March 3, 2018. She has accepted a new position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an advisor in the office of the secretary. Snyder also announced that Gordon Wenk, currently MDARD’s Chief Deputy Director, will be her replacement.
Clover Adams was appointed MDARD Director by Gov. Snyder in July 2012 and was the first woman to be appointed director of the state’s agricultural department. Prior to becoming director, she worked in various governmental leadership roles for nearly 25 years, including the Michigan Senate, as well as Director of the Kansas Department of Agriculture from 1999-2003.