One of the Imperial Valley's own has been hired as chief consultant to an Assembly committee on jobs, economic development and the economy.
As in the past, Celeste Cantú expects her efforts to benefit the Imperial Valley as well as the Coachella and Central valleys.
"I'm excited about it," she said. "I get to take my lifelong mission of helping disadvantaged areas with me and that's a privilege."
Cantú's last day as state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development was Friday. As a presidential appointee, the appointment ran out when the previous administration left office Jan. 20. The current administration asked her to stay on awhile longer. She held the state directorship for 26 months.