Friday, March 14, 2003

Director of Bill Monroe foundation terminated

The Associated Press

OWENSBORO, Ky. - The executive director of the Bill Monroe Foundation Inc., based in this western Kentucky town, has been fired.

Campbell Mercer, a Laurel County veterinarian, was notified Saturday that he will be fired effective April 1.

Mercer said a certified letter notifying him of the firing was sent to his attorney, Russell Duty of Owensboro, by the Ohio County Industrial Foundation.

The letter arrived two days before state legislators passed a budget that earmarks almost $300,000 for Monroe-related projects that Mercer and other supporters feared would not be funded.

"Having my contract terminated is a bigger blow to the Bill Monroe Foundation than it is to me," Mercer said.

Board member Paul Sandefur said the decision to terminate the contract was made by a unanimous vote at a March 4 meeting of the industrial foundation.

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