Pocomoke City residents plead council to reinstate former city manager during public hearing

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. – “We need wisdom and love we need to hope and healing we need Bobby Cowger,” said Merrill Lockfaw.

One, after one, after one, Pocomoke City residents took turns standing before the town’s council pleading with council members to reinstate former City Manager Bobby Cowger.

“We must not allow politics to eliminate Mr. Cowger. We desperately need him as city manager,” said Susan Harrison.

Tuesday night’s public hearing comes after Cowger made multiple requests to the council to be reinstated as city manager after he was removed from his position in April. But, with the council unwilling to budge on their decision, Cowger and his lawyer made one last effort to get the council to reconsider.

“I want to go back in. I want to continue what I was doing for the residents of Pocomoke and make it better,” said Cowger.

Once Cowger gave his final plea, it was the residents’ turn to tell the council just how big of an impact he’s had on their lives and on the entire community.

“I am here to tell you that I see a difference. In my community. In my neighborhood. And he is instrumental in that,” said Kathy French.

But others also took the opportunity to show support for the council and the decision they’ve made to remove him.

“I just wanted to say that I respect your decision and I appreciate what you’re doing. Doing the right thing isn’t always an easy thing. To keep moving forward we cannot go back to what got us here,” said Jackie Ward.

And as the night ended, council members now have a choice to make. To stand by their original decision or give Cowger a second chance. Officials say the council is expected to take a vote on the matter at their next council meeting this Thursday at 6:30 at Town Hall.

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