ICA president resigns post

Dec 31, 2009

Tom McDonnell, executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) since April 2009, has resigned his position effective Dec. 8. Contacted by Western Livestock Journal, McDonnell declined to comment about his resignation, but said he was considering several promising options.

McDonnell was ICA’s fifth executive vice president in about three years. He moved to Boise about eight months ago from Chugwater, WY, where he continues to run a purebred cattle/calf operation. He also has lived in Montana, where he has family.

McDonnell previously served as a consultant to USDA, the American Sheep Industry Association (ISIA) and several universities. He directed ISIA’s market information and natural resource policies for 18 years, specializing in Endangered Species Act, clean water, private property rights, public lands and natural resources issues.

ICA President Carl Ellsworth, a Leadore rancher, declined to discuss McDonnell’s resignation.

“We wish Tom the best of luck in the future and appreciate his efforts in his time with our organization,” Ellsworth stated. “We are in the process of searching for a new executive vice president and hope to have the position filled in a short period of time.”

Darl Gleed, once again, will fill in on an interim basis. Before McDonnell was hired, Gleed served as interim executive vice president since September 2008.

ICA concluded its annual convention in Sun Valley in mid-November with 200 to 300 participants in attendance, the largest ICA convention and trade show in more than a decade. — Mark Mendiola, WLJ correspondent