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Pocomoke City Manager Pleads for Job Back With Community Support Behind Him

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POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- After an 18-month tenure as the Pocomoke City manager, Bobby Cowger was mysteriously let go by the mayor and council.

But on Tuesday night, Cowger requested a public hearing so both parties could hear why he should be reinstated. 

Cowger, along with his attorney and dozens of community members, listed his qualifications, accomplishments and goals for Pocomoke City.

"I don't usually get involved in situations like this but I 300 percent feel like you made the wrong decision," one supporter said. 

"You woke them up, because this man has done a lot for this town and you know it. You woke up Pocomoke City," another supporter said while addressing the mayor and council.

While others supported the tough decision the council made when ousting Cowger.

"I respect your decision and I appreciate what you're doing and that doing the right thing isn't always an easy thing," a community member said. 

While the reason is still unclear as to why Cowger was removed, citing only "unsatisfactory performance" and a "personnel matter" by the council, Cowger hopes they will reconsider.

"I think the council and I could probably put our differences together, talk things out if they were willing to do that. Because I want to go back and I want to continue what I was doing for the residents of Pocomoke and make it better," Cowger said. 

Cowger's attorney, Robin Cockey, says no one is better fit for the job.  Cockey also explained why he does not believe the council went about this decision in a lawful way. 

Cockey says multiple readings would need to be made in public in order to terminate Cowger, but none were ever mentioned in minutes before the decision was made. 

But after Tuesday's hearing concluded, community members were left in dismay about when a final verdict will be made.

The city's attorney says a tentative decision could be expected at Thursday night's council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Pocomoke City Hall.

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