Taking A Stand: Evansville loses city, county advocate

(WFIE) - It's a sad day in Evansville and Vanderburgh County.

We are losing one of our biggest cheerleaders.

Marilee Fowler has been the executive director of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2001.

Many believe she was squeezed out of the job due to politics.

Fowler was put on administrative leave soon after making comments to a 14 News reporter about a proposed $12 million sports complex.

This week, she told a newspaper reporter the mayor did not want her to talk about the project because he's not ready to move forward with it.

The president of the CVB says there has never been a conflict with the mayor.

The situation came to an end when Fowler accepted a similar job in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Fowler has been a huge advocate for our city and county.

She has served on numerous boards including the Evansville Parks Foundation, Public Education Foundation, Keep Evansville Beautiful and most recently, president of our downtown Rotary.

I have served with Marilee on several boards, and there isn't a bigger advocate for the Tri-State and our quality of life.

Shame on us if politics drove her away.

It will be our loss and Cedar Rapids' gain.

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