Buckingham donates $4,000 to Bishop groups

Colonel David Buckingham

Colonel David Buckingham

Bishop Mayor Jim Ellis confirmed what a letter lines out – Colonel David Buckingham, former candidate for Bishop City
Administrator, has donated $4,000 to two Bishop groups. The City of Bishop and Colonel Buckingham had signed an agreement to pay him $38,000 for his losses that resulted from first his acceptance as city administrator and then the denial.

Buckingham’s letter, written to Mayor Ellis and Mayor Pro Tem Pat Gardner, says that “our recent financial settlement resulting from your council’s change of mind after offering me the position of Bishop City Manager was based on the significant financial loss my family sustained after accepting the position of Bishop City Manager, accelerating my retirement from the Army, and preparing for a move to Bishop.”

Buckingham says a large portion of that loss remains unrecoverable but his subsequent move to Morro Bay as City Manager, he said, allowed him to
recover part of the loss. Buckingham said since his sole purpose in requesting compensation was to “mitigate the actual losses we took due to the Bishop City Council’s change of mind, my family and I believe it to be right and proper to return to the citizens of Bishop the portion of the settlement we were able to recover since we are moving to California after all.”

Buckingham’s letter includes two checks that total $4,000. He asks the two Bishop officials to pass on a check for $3,000 to the Future Farmers of America and $1,000 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars – both in Bishop.

Reliable and informed sources in Bishop say three council people had approved hiring Buckingham but later one of them wanted to change the vote which led to the hiring of Jim Tatum and the $38,000 claim filed by Buckingham.

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11 Responses to Buckingham donates $4,000 to Bishop groups

  1. bishop pioneer September 22, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    The flip flop votes were Smith and Glidewell. Both first voted for Buckingham then for some reason switched to Tatum. Stottlemyer was for Tatum and Ellis and Gardner were for Buckingham. For some reason Smith and Glidewell changed their minds. Glidewell should at least explain his second vote since he wants to stay on the council.

  2. Trouble September 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    Steve I agree totally with you, but Bishop is run by a select few fat cats that could care less about anything but there own special interest .

  3. Steve September 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Can the Bishop rumor mill please root out the council person that changed their mind so we could not elect this flip flopper?

  4. Pedro September 17, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Challenge the the 5 council members and Tatum to match that 4k. The bonehead that changed their mind throws in an extra 4k we’re up to 32k of the 38 it cost Bishop citizens.

  5. Trouble September 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Should of hired him. Maybe next time.

    • Pedro September 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

      More like should have not fired him or not hired him in first place.

  6. DESCO September 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    I hope we will not regret the change of mind on the part of the powers that be.

  7. MK September 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Honesty ,Integrity ,A gracious gesture,
    Colonel, thank you for serving our country.

  8. MyMonkeys September 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    WOW! Now that is a class act!

  9. Philip Anaya September 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Honesty ,Integrity and no BS . Thank You Colonel

  10. johndoeml September 17, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    A gracious gesture, Colonel. Thank you.


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