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City of Jenks fires aquarium director

After several weeks in limbo, the City of Jenks confirms that the director of the Oklahoma Aquarium has been fired. (KTUL)

After several weeks in limbo, the City of Jenks confirms that the director of the Oklahoma Aquarium has been fired.

Teri Bowers was placed on administrative leave in October by the city manager.

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At that time the city manager Christopher Shrout requested a city council resolution confirming that he had the authority to remove, demote, lay off or suspend administrators at the aquarium.

That resolution was approved.

Teri Bowers sent us this statement tonight:

I am saddened but not completely surprised Jenks City Manager Chris Shrout has taken the final step to terminate my contract with the Jenks Aquarium Authority as Chief Operating Officer. I had offered a proposal to allow for a more orderly transition which would have protected everyone from this disruption and helped to avoid litigation. I held out hope my strategy would be given serious and thoughtful consideration, not only for my personal employment but also for the good of the Oklahoma Aquarium. I am very proud of the progress that has been made by the incredibly talented and dedicated employees and volunteers over the 11 years I was blessed to be a part of the Aquarium. I am also grateful to previous city managers and councilors and the Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation Board of Directors for their support of the educational mission. Regretfully, my next step is now to take legal action.



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