Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gordon Wenk announced June 1 the selection of Tim Slawinski as the director of the department’s Food and Dairy Division (FDD), effective Monday, June 4.
Slawinski was the top candidate for the position after a nationwide search and selection process.
“Tim brings the combination of a strong background in food safety, a working knowledge of state and federal food and dairy regulations, and management experience to the position,” said Wenk. “He is a valued member of our Food and Dairy team, and I am pleased to see him move into the top leadership role for the division.”
Slawinski has more than 18 years of combined food safety experience in the private sector, including at Cargill, Kellogg Co. and NSF International, and in state government.
He joined the department in 2012 as an emerging issues specialist for FDD. He was selected to manage the Food Safety Modernization Unit formed in September 2016, where he led the implementation of a Produce Safety Program in Michigan and helped develop strategies to implement changes in Michigan’s Food Law.
Most recently, Slawinski served as FDD’s Acting Deputy Division Director.
Slawinski graduated from Michigan State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and has earned numerous certifications in the food safety field.
Slawinski and his wife, Heather, reside in Holt with their two daughters.