Kansas City man new Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commissioner, Lauber new chairman

Donald Budd, Jr., of Kansas City, has been appointed to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission.

Gerald Lauber, a Topeka commissioner, has been appointed commission chairman. His current term ends in 2014.

The appointments were made by Gov. Sam Brownback and reported to the media this morning by Robin Jennison, Wildlife, Parks and Tourism secretary.

Budd takes the place of Shari Wilson, also of Kansas City. Wilson’s second four-year term ended June 30. To date no commissioner has been appointed to a third term.

Sheila Kemmis, Wildlife and Parks assistant to the commission, said Budd owns Budd Enterprises, an agricultural and real estate firm. He’s an avid waterfowl and deer hunter and very involved in shotgun target shooting.

On July 20 Brownback appointed Randy Doll, of Leon, and Tom Dill, of Salina, to the commission. Doll took the commission seat of Kelly Johnston, of Wichita. Johnston was commission chairman for much of his two terms. His second term also ended June 30.

Still serving on the commission are Frank Meyer, of Herington, Debra Bolton, of Garden City, Lauber and Robert Wilson, of Pittsburg.