“We’re extremely sorry to see Bill Bunce move back to Texas,” says committee member Jaclyn Wilson says, “but can’t fault the guy for having a better opportunity come along and be able to move closer to his grandkids and his family.”
Bunce will become executive vice president of the American Brahman Breeders Association in Houston.
Wilson says the committee will soon start the process of searching for a new executive director, but in the meantime: “We’ve named an interim director who is one of our investigators that’s served the Nebraska Brand Committee for over 40 years.”
G. David Horton will take over that interim post as of September 1st. Wilson says Horton’s experience and industry knowledge will help the committee as it transitions to a new executive director.
Bunce was named in a recent lawsuit filed by the Nebraska Beef Producers over the legality of the Nebraska Livestock Brand Act.
Also, a state audit last year found a host of problems at the committee, prompting the resignation of the previous executive director, Shawn Harvey. The audit told of sloppy bookkeeping, personal use of a state-owned vehicle, releasing a check for livestock before paperwork had cleared, and other problems.
The Nebraska Brand Committee has more than 100 employees and an annual budget of $5 million.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton