LuAnn Adams, the first female Agriculture Commissioner in Utah history, has announced her retirement. This will be her last week after more than five years on the job.
“People have treated me well and I don’t feel that because I’m a woman it’s been any different than a man,” says Adams. “I’m proud of what I’ve done and the associations that I’ve made with people, those kind of memories you’ll never forget. I’ve made friends clear across the state.”
Adams, who lives in Box Elder County, was a county commissioner and spent 16 years as county clerk, recorder and surveyor before joining Governor Gary Herbert’s cabinet.
“I am grateful to Commissioner Adams for her dedicated service to my administration and the people of Utah,” said Herbert. “She leaves a great legacy in her service to Utah’s agriculture producers. Her subject matter expertise and commitment to the state will be greatly missed.”
Adams said her experience in county government served her well in her state-wide responsibility.
“We re-did all of the agriculture code and we changed a lot of rules. I had experience in an office and that definitely helped me,” said Adams.
She said her husband and two sons run the family cattle ranch at Promontory and she is looking forward to more time riding horses with grandkids.