By BRENDAN KIRBY
SMITHSBURG - A handful of protesters picketed outside town hall for a second straight day Wednesday and others appeared unimpressed by an explanation provided by town officials for Tommy Bowers' dismissal as police chief last week.
Sherry Owen, a member of the Citizens Police Advisory Committee, blamed the low turnout on the weather. But she said Bowers' supporters remain firm in their resolve to win his job back.
Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and the Town Council on Tuesday night released a three-page statement outlining their reasons for relieving Bowers of his duties. The statement said he filed late crime reports, conducted inadequate investigation of citizen's complaints against the police department and failed to report a traffic accident in which a police car was damaged.