Mike Dodds, of Moses Lake, Wash., is the new chairman of the Washington Potato Commission. The Washington State Potato Commission will concentrate on long-range planning this year, its new chairman says. The commission recently named Mike Dodds as its new chairman. Dodds is raw material and environmental manager for Basic American Foods in Moses Lake, Wash. He previously chaired the commission's research committee. He succeeds Nelson Cox, a potato farmer from Warden, Wash. Dodds said the commission will use this year to develop its long-range planning and review how well it adhered to the plan developed in 2010.