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Embattled Pocomoke Mayor Meets Group That Called for His Resignation

Pocomoke City Bruce Morrison (Photo: WBOC) Pocomoke City Bruce Morrison (Photo: WBOC)

POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- The embattled Pocomoke City mayor showed a sign of good faith by attending a community meeting organized by the citizens group that had called for his resignation Thursday night.  

Mayor Bruce Morrison said he was personally invited to the Citizens for a Better Pocomoke meeting by the Rev. James Jones of New Macedonia Baptist Church Wednesday night.

"This town has never been torn apart," said Morrison, addressing the crowd. "I was worried. I didn't know what kind of reception I would get here tonight. But you know what? Every one of you welcomed me tonight so thank you."

It's the first community-organized meeting Morrison's ever attended since coming under fire for approving the city council's decision to fire former Chief of Police Kelvin Sewell.

The city council terminated Sewell in a closed door session in late June for allegedly not firing two black police officers. Public outrage consumed the town's image as the "friendliest town on the Eastern Shore" and brought national scrutiny to the town's race relations.

Morrison was welcomed with open arms at the meeting. Arguments about personnel issues and race relations ceased but just for the evening.

"My door is open. You know my cellphone number. You can reach me. Reach out to me," Morrison pleaded before saying, "Thank you."

But the citizens group leaders said Thursday night is merely a ceasefire out of respect for a guest speaker, former civil rights director for Maryland's Attorney General, Carl Snowden.

Jones, with the citizens group, says their fight for equality still wages on.

"We do still want answers. But we're going to be patient at this time. We're going to let all of this take it's course," Jones said.

Jones also talked about the petition calling for Morrison to step down and why it won't be an option anymore.

"The city has been separated enough with all that is going. The petition would've been just another nail in the coffin," he said.

Another problem to bury in the "friendliest town on the Eastern Shore" where peace isn't dead, but waiting to be reborn.

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