Jim Quigley has retired from the Washington State Department of Agriculture after managing the agency’s Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Program for almost 20 years. He began working for the department in 1969 as a potato inspector in Kennewick.
Quigley is succeeded by Cameron Crump, who joined the department in 2011 as an international trade specialist, helping companies with export training and introducing them to potential buyers. She previously managed the international marketing department at a New Zealand specialty wood products firm and has also worked in China.
She represents the department on the boards of the Washington Apple Commission and Washington Potato Commission. She was selected as administrator of the Fruit and Vegetable Inspection program through a competitive process that included internal and external candidates.
The department inspects seven commodities—cherries, apples, potatoes, pears, peaches, asparagus, and onions—to verify that they meet standards for quality, size, labeling, condition, and contract specifications. The department normally employs about 160 inspectors and office staff, increasing to 275 during peak harvest periods.