Bishop additionally spent 28 years with the Blacksburg Police Division, retiring within the mid- to late-2000s with the rank of captain.
Concerning the current reprimand decision in opposition to Hicks, Bishop stated he voted in opposition to the measure just because he discovered too many holes in it and pushed again in opposition to ideas that he’s an ally of the councilwoman.
“I’m … on any council member’s aspect, in the event that they’re doing [right],” Bishop stated. “If we’re going to take motion, I wish to be certain that now we have our i’s dotted and t’s crossed. I can’t assist what folks assume, however as I stated earlier, I’m on the aspect of doing the precise factor.”
Bishop stated he discovered sure points dated as they’d occurred over a yr in the past. He stated he didn’t see new proof that warranted motion in opposition to his colleague.
Bishop additionally had issues with a problem that concerned Del. Nick Rush, R-Christiansburg.
One of many incidents recognized within the reprimand measure involved a declare from Hicks that Rush had advised her throughout a previous dialogue that bonds of over $10 million must be placed on the poll, some extent a number of city council members stated is unfaithful.
The city is ready to borrow $9.3 million to assist pay for a multi-purpose park off of Peppers Ferry Highway, a mission Hicks has been a critic of and voted in opposition to. Council members balked at ideas they intentionally stored the debt quantity under $10 million to keep away from letting voters determine the difficulty.