was terminated as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce
on Monday, and sources confirmed that the firing was related to last week's release of a Chamber position statement regarding the city's new anti-discrimination law.
Asked about Bishop
, Butler said: "He's no longer employed.
On Tuesday, Rose said that the updated position statement was issued after Bishop
discussed the issue with Huffman.
"The board fired Mike
because they said he
was insubordinate in releasing the position paper to the Citizen," Rose said.
"At no time did they tell him (Bishop) not to send that statement to the press."
Rumors began circulating late last week that Bishop
had been terminated.
was at work Monday morning at the Chamber office, but indicated that the board was meeting at the time and his
status could change by the afternoon.
Rose said that Handley, Butler and McMahon were the board members who came to the Chamber office to notify Bishop
of his termination.
Bishop became the Chamber's interim director in February 2011 and held that position for eight months before he was appointed as president and CEO in October 2011.
Bishop has worked as an entertainer and business owner in Eureka Springs since 2001.
wife, Dale, had operated the Pine Mountain Theater and performed in the nightly production for several years before announcing in November that the show would not return in 2015.
Family have been a blessing and alot of fun in Eureka Springs for the pass years and they will be dearly missed!
Too bad the firing happened since he
stood up for the Law of the Land and what is right in America..
-- Posted by fosterfoster7289 on Thu, Mar 5, 2015, at 12:25 PM
Could it be that the Chamber owes Mike
an apology...we will see who is right after the residents vote and the Feds tell Eureka Springs to tear up their new signed Law which is not a legal Law NOW!