Capital Humane Society CEO Bob Downey retiring in June

Bob Downey, who has served as President and CEO of the  Capital Humane Society since 1984, will retire June 30. 
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Bob Downey, who has served as President and CEO of the  Capital Humane Society since 1984, will retire June 30.

“I’ve got my health and I want to take advantage of that while I can, have some adventures and do a little traveling, do something that’s a little less stressful,” Downey told Channel 8 Eyewitness News in an interview where he announced the news last year.

Other than his work with the Capital Humane Society, Downey has made an impact in a number of different organizations.

He currently serves as chair of the Lincoln Advisory Board of the BBB. He also serves on the BBB Corporate Board for Nebraska, South Dakota, the Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa.

He previously served as a board member and treasurer for Community Services Fund, board member, vice chair and treasurer for the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, board member, chair and treasurer for the National Federation of Humane Societies and as a member of the National Companion Advisory Group to the Humane Society of the United States.

Downey had always decided to retire when he reached 70 year old which is now just a year away.

At this time, Downey hopes they find someone as passionate and dedicated as he has been for over 30 years.

“Once I’m gone, what is really important to me is the community continues to support the organization the way it had because that’s what is necessary for the successful ongoing of Capital Humane Society,” Downey said.

Shannon Martin Roebuck is set to succeed Downey as Executive Director upon his retirement.

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