Executive Director of Evansville Philharmonic says he’s been suspended

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According to an email obtained by Eyewitness News, the executive director of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra was suspended with pay in late February.

The suspension of Executive Director Gary Wagner was reportedly handed down on Monday, February 26.

Wagner has served in that position since December, 2012.

In the email obtained by Eyewitness News, Wagner said he ‘had no inkling’ why he was being suspended.

Wagner claimed in the email he was not told why he was being suspended, except that it might be ‘with cause.’

Eyewitness News is reaching out to the Evansville Philharmonic to find out why Wagner was suspended.

Read the email obtained by Eyewitness News here:

Good morning all,

I know you are all very busy, so I will keep this as short as possible.  As many if not all of you know, on Monday morning February 26, Steve Sheets and Mark Powers came into my office unannounced and informed me that I was being suspended with pay.  To say the least, I was incredulous.  I asked them why, and Steve’s curt response was that they couldn’t tell me.  Steve did say that it would be discussed at the board meeting and suggested that my suspension might be “with cause” .  I told both Steve and Mark that I had no inkling of what they could possibly consider as cause.  Of course, without being given any information at all, nor being given any opportunity to rebut whatever or whoever led to this apparent rush to judgment, all I can say is that for nine years and four months, I always acted in what I believed to be the best interest of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.  Any claim to the contrary is false at best and slanderous at worst.  Some of you I have known and worked with for many years.  Others for a few months.  I thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your Executive Director since December 2012.

Sincerely,

Gary Wagner

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(This story was originally published on March 6, 2018)

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