NDA adds agriculture enforcement officer to southern Nevada

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The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) recently hired Raul Godinez as an agriculture enforcement officer to monitor and enforce agricultural law in southern Nevada.

As an agriculture enforcement officer, Godinez will be responsible for enforcing United States Department of Agriculture and Nevada plant and animal health requirements for the protection of public health and safety in southern Nevada. His work will include monitoring for diseased plant materials, noxious weeds and zoonotic diseases (diseases that are communicable from animals to humans).

“Because Las Vegas is such a large community and tourist destination, it was important we bring back the staff and expertise to enforce plant and animal disease regulations, allowing us to protect public health and safety,” NDA Director Jim Barbee said.

Godinez is Nevada Peace Officer and Standards Training (POST) certified and most recently served as a Nevada Department of Corrections correctional officer in the Ely State Maximum Security Prison. He also has five years of experience as a California Department of Food and Agriculture plant quarantine inspector.

The NDA has not had an agriculture enforcement officer dedicated to southern Nevada since 2012.