Imperial County Announces Appointment of Matt Dessert as New Air Pollution Control Officer
El Centro, CA (December 13, 2016) - Today, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Matt Dessert as the new Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) of the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District (ICAPCD) to replace former APCO Brad Poiriez. Mr. Poiriez is now the Director of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. Mr. Dessert will begin serving as Imperial County's APCO on January 16, 2017.
"Mr. Dessert possesses a great deal of knowledge of Imperial County's air quality issues from his previous experience with our Air Pollution Control District and as a member of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors for the past 6 years," stated Supervisor Jack Terrazas, Chairman of the Board. "The Board and I believe that Mr. Dessert will work diligently to lead the APCD's staff in protecting and managing our county's air and environmental quality issues."
Mr. Dessert currently serves as an Imperial Irrigation District (IID) Director, a position he has held since December 2010, where he governs the publicly owned utility with four other directors to carry out its mission of delivering water and electrical power to residents of its service area. Mr. Dessert's last day with the IID will be January 13, 2017. Before becoming an IID Director, Mr. Dessert worked as an administrative analyst for ICAPCD for more than nine years. Prior to his work with ICAPCD, Mr. Dessert was employed for more than a decade in the farming and seed industry and served on the Imperial county Grand Jury and the IID's Energy Consumer Advisory Committee.
About his new position, Mr. Dessert stated, "I am proud and eager to represent the County of Imperial as its Air Pollution Control Officer. I believe that my previous experiences will support the County's partnership with the IID so that we can continue to bring a unified voice to further advance the Valley's interests in front of state and federal regulatory agencies. I thank the Board of Supervisors for placing their trust in me."
Mr. Dessert, an Imperial County native, graduated from Central Union High School and later received his bachelor's degree in Agricultural Business Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.