Bowers says firing not debatable

March 17, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

Bowers says firing not debatable

SMITHSBURG - Tommy Bowers said he will not discuss the circumstances surrounding his dismissal as the town's police chief during a mayoral debate proposed by Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers.

"I'm not going to talk about that. That's going to be talked about in the courts," Bowers said Monday.

Last Thursday, Myers offered to debate Bowers, a mayoral candidate who was fired from his police chief post last August by Myers and the Town Council. She said she would be willing to talk about the dismissal, among other issues "that affect the town."

Bowers said his attorney advised him not to talk about the firing at the debate. He refused to elaborate on the reasons, except to say the matter will be discussed publicly as part of his lawsuit against the town.


A judge dismissed the suit last December, but an appeal is pending.

Myers issued a written statement that said, in part, "Mr. Bowers as a candidate now has placed himself in the position where the detailed issues surrounding his termination must come forth factually to the people. He can no longer hide behind his attorneys."

Myers said she remains willing to debate Bowers, but can't promise the termination issue won't come up.

"If asked about it, I will answer," she said.

Meanwhile, Bowers said he would be willing to drop out of the race if one of "several" qualified candidates in town choose to run. We would not mention specific names.

"If one of those individuals would have the courage to file, I would withdraw my name and support them 100 percent," he said.

Bowers, a former Washington County sheriff's deputy, said he would then file to run for sheriff.

"I would be happy here, but I would be happier being sheriff," he said.

For now, Bowers said he is concentrating on the town election.

"I'm running because I really do care about the town and don't like the direction it's heading in right now," Bowers said.

He said he would like to discuss the issues in a debate, but the details would have to be agreed upon by both candidates.

"I'm certainly not going to let her dictate the terms of this debate," he said.

Myers said the debate probably would take place after the April 6 filing deadline .

The town election is May 12. The mayor makes $2,000 a year.

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