Prairie County Attorney Garry Bunke submitted his letter of resignation to the Board of County Commissioners earlier this month. Citing a desire to take more time to do other things and to collect on his retirement income, the February 4 letter stated his intent to vacate the post by the end of February.
“I do intend to remain in Terry for the foreseeable future to maintain my private practice,” Bunke states in his letter.
The resignation didn’t come as a surprise to the board, as Bunke had discussed his intent to resign as county attorney as early as last month, according to board of commission meeting minutes.
Two area attorneys have expressed interest in the position, according to Bunke’s letter. So far only Daniel Z. Rice of Miles City has filed for the seat, which is up for election this year. Attorney David Freedman visited with commissioners about the position at their January 31 regular meeting.
Bunke filled the county attorney post in November, 2011. His career has included serving as Custer County attorney from 1989 to 2006 and briefly serving as an interim town attorney for Terry.
The county attorney office is currently undergoing other changes as it is expected to move from its current location at the Prairie Abstract and Title building to the Prairie County Courthouse. The move could begin as early as this week, but is dependant on weather.
Published February 12, 2014