By Agri-Pulse staff
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CENTENNIAL, CO. June 29 - After more than 17 years of committed service to the beef checkoff, the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) Executive Committee yesterday reluctantly accepted Chief Executive Officer Tom Ramey’s resignation, according to a statement issued by Wesley Grau, Chairman of the CBB Executive Committee.
As Agri-Pulse reported June 15 in our subscriber only e-newsletter, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Executive Committee took disciplinary action against Ramey for eavesdropping on conference calls organized by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Agri-Pulse obtained a document emailed to CBB members on June 8 that summarizes the results of an internal investigation into allegations of personnel misconduct brought by NCBA President Bill Donald.
“The emails that were provided do indicate a number of occasions when Mr. Ramey listened unannounced to such conference calls. Mr. Ramey admitted that he did so on several occasions and apologized to the Beef Board and to the CBB Executive Committee,” CBB attorney Richard Rossier said in the document, which was addressed to Donald.
“Based on the forgoing,” continued Rossier, “the CBB Executive Committee determined that this allegation has been substantiated and as a result has sanctioned Mr. Ramey for his improper conduct.” The sanctions include the requirement of a public written apology, a private letter of reprimand, and a 6-month employment probation period, according to the letter.
CBB Chairman Tom Jones and immediate past chair Dan Dierschke issued written apologies for knowing of Ramey’s plans in advance and not stopping him.
“We appreciate that Tom’s decision to resign was a personal one for him and his family, and we thank him for his dedication to the nation’s farmers and ranchers through his service to the beef checkoff, noted Grau.
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