Kurt Floren was appointed County Agricultural Commissioner/Director of Weights and Measures in January 2005. Raised in Glendale, he majored in biology at California State University, Northridge, and began working for Los Angeles County in 1981 as a pest detection trapper in the Mediterranean fruit fly detection program. That was at the height of the “Fruit Fly Wars,” Floren notes. He worked with CDFA and USDA for nearly two years as a general detection trapper in L.A. County, spent three years in private industry, and returned to work for the L.A. County
Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures in 1985. He spent the ensuing 14 years in Weights and Measures regulation, becoming a Supervising Inspector. In June 1999, he joined the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures as deputy agricultural commissioner/sealer in charge of its Standards Enforcement Division. Later, as deputy director, he also assumed oversight of the department’s Plant Pathology and Entomology labs and its Pesticide Regulatory Program. He was promoted to assistant director before rejoining Los Angeles County.