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Missoulian editor submits resignation, employees report

By Martin Kidston/MISSOULA CURRENT

Roughly two weeks after bringing a concealed weapon to the office and being placed on suspension, Missoulian editor Matt Bunk submitted his resignation, according to newspaper employees.

No other information was available Monday evening and efforts to reach Publisher Mark Heintzelman for comment weren’t successful.

Bunk was placed on suspension until further notice in late March after he was seen with a concealed firearm in the office. Carrying a firearm on company property is against Lee Enterprises’ corporate policy.

Bunk later apologized for the incident on Facebook and said he had “accidentally forgotten” to leave the pistol in his vehicle. Bunk has not returned calls for comment.

Heintzelman named Bunk editor in August of last year. He was hired from a twice-weekly paper in Libby after former Missoulian editor Sherry Devlin was demoted for undisclosed reasons.

Devlin had worked at the Missoulian since 1979, working her way up to become the paper’s first female editor. She has since filed a lawsuit in District Court claiming she was unfairly demoted and replaced by a less-qualified male.