Bobby Cowger not reinstated as Pocomoke City manager
POCOMOKE CITY, Md. – Bobby Cowger is out. Thursday night, the Pocomoke City Council voted not to reinstate the former town manager. It’s a decision he tells 47 ABC, doesn’t come as a surprise.
“They turned their backs on me and really threw me under the bus so to speak,” says Bobby Cowger, former Pocmoke City manager. The council voted 3 -1 with one member abstaining. But Cowger is not taking that as a final answer. “We are filing a lawsuit tomorrow,” Cowger said Thursday.
It’s a decision that’s been in the making for almost 2 months, after the council filed complaints saying Cowger lacked “trust, character and integrity”. But not every resident agrees it was the right thing to do.
“It’s just a shame he was moving us in the right direction,” says George Young, a Pocomoke resident and business owner.
But even Cowger’s supporters admit he did things that were controversial.
“He was stepping on people’s toes but he was getting things done. And when you get things done you step on people’s toes. There’s going to be someone that isn’t going to like what you do or how you do it. But he was making things happen,” says Young.
As Cowger pushes forward, he tells 47 ABC that he knows he made an impact on Pocomoke for the better. ‘No matter what happened tonight I still can stand and say I made Pokomoke better in the 18 months that I was there, than it was before I came here,” Cowger says.
While many residents tell 47 ABC they’re sad to see Cowger go, they are hopeful for the future.
“That’s the only way we’re going to move forward and have positive change is to have involvement. Of course not everyone is going to agree on what that positive change is,” says Susan Harrison, a Pocomoke resident.
Regardless of the outcome, most people tell 47 ABC they hope the town can move forward from here and get back to the things that matter most.