Bishop also spent 28 years with the Blacksburg Police Department, retiring in the mid- to late-2000s with the rank of captain.
Regarding the recent reprimand resolution against Hicks, Bishop said he voted against the measure simply because he found too many holes in it and pushed back against suggestions that he’s an ally of the councilwoman.
“I’m … on any council member’s side, if they’re doing [right],” Bishop said. “If we’re going to take action, I want to make sure we have our i’s dotted and t’s crossed. I can’t help what people think, but as I said earlier, I’m on the side of doing the right thing.”
Bishop said he found certain issues dated as they had occurred over a year ago. He said he didn’t see new evidence that warranted action against his colleague.
Bishop also had problems with an issue that involved Del. Nick Rush, R-Christiansburg.
One of the incidents identified in the reprimand measure concerned a claim from Hicks that Rush had told her during a past discussion that bonds of over $10 million need to be put on the ballot, a point several town council members said is untrue.
The town is set to borrow $9.3 million to help pay for a multi-purpose park off of Peppers Ferry Road, a project Hicks has been a critic of and voted against. Council members balked at suggestions they deliberately kept the debt amount below $10 million to avoid letting voters decide the issue.