Idaho cattle leader resigns post

Tom McDonnell<br>

Tom McDonnell has resigned his position as executive vice president of Idaho Cattle Association.

McDonnell had been in the position less than nine months. He joined the organization in April.

Carl Ellsworth, president of the Idaho Cattle Association and a Leadore, Idaho, rancher, said Wednesday, Dec. 23, that McDonnell's resignation was effective Dec. 8.

Ellsworth declined to give a reason for the resignation, saying he didn't want to speak for McDonnell. Queries to McDonnell were not immediately returned.

"We wish Tom the best of luck in the future and appreciate his efforts in his time with our organization," Ellsworth said. "We are in the process of searching for a new EVP and hope to have the position filled in a short period of time."

Darl Gleed, who was filling in before McDonnell took the position, will fill in on an interim bases.

McDonnell had a purebred cow-calf operation in Chugwater, Wyo., at the time he was hired by ICA. He previously served as a consultant to the American Sheep Industry Association, USDA and several universities.

-- Carol Ryan Dumas

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