DENVER (AP) — A former chief of staff for Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar has been named deputy agriculture commissioner.

Ronnie Carleton, of Fort Collins, was Salazar’s chief of staff when Salazar was in Congress. Carleton helped the Colorado Democrat with work on the House Agriculture Committee and the 2008 farm bill.

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Carleton took on his role as deputy commissioner in the Colorado Department of Agriculture on Friday. His principal responsibilities include coordinating policy development and implementation, overseeing management of the agriculture department’s divisions, and helping Salazar in achieving the department’s goals.

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He replaces Jim Miller, of Akron, who retired after 25 years with the agriculture department.

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