SALEM - Oregon Cattleman's Association Executive Director Glen Stonebrink will be retiring following the association's annual convention and trade show at Eagle Crest on Nov. 6-8. Eastern Oregon businessman and legislator Greg Smith has been contracted to replace him.

"Even though I am stepping down, I won't be far away" said Stonebrink. "I am willing to assist the Oregon Cattlemen as a producer member and certain specific events connected with governmental relations including lobbying."

"The Cattlemen have been well served by Glen's dedicated work," said Bob Skinner, Oregon Cattleman's Association President. "Plain and simple, Glen did a great job."

Smith, who will begin his tenure with the association on Nov. 1, was hired after an exhaustive selection process.

"Many good people were considered, but in the end we needed someone with extensive knowledge of our natural resource issues and the experience to advance our membership priorities," said President Skinner.

Smith said his first course of business would be to personally meet with many of the producer and associate members and find out how the Oregon Cattlemen can further serve them. "As a member-driven organization, my primary responsibility is to advance the needs of the membership."

A four-year veteran of the Oregon Legislature, Smith will continue to represent District 57, which includes Grant, Morrow, Union and Wallowa counties and a portion of Umatilla County.

"I'll be working with the Cattleman on membership services," Smith said.

The Oregon Cattleman's Association is a grassroots organization that has worked for more than 80 years to advance the economic, political, and social interests of the Oregon cattle industry.

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