Jared Parko serves as deputy director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. His responsibilities include overseeing laboratory operations, animal health, dairy, food safety, and meat inspection.
Parko previously worked as the laboratory operations manager at Food Safety Net Services in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his employment at FSNS he worked for the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where he researched and validated solutions to food safety and security issues. He also worked on projects testing samples from dairy cows as well as manatees, dolphins, sea otters, and sea lions. Prior to that, he was employed by the Tillamook County Creamery Association where he worked to help producers isolate mastitis causing microorganisms, test milk components prior to processing and identify possible sources of contamination.
Parko has a master's degree in food safety from Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and a bachelor's degree in microbiology from Michigan State University.