CEO of Capitol Visitor Center fired

The CEO of the multi-million dollar Capitol Visitor Center has been fired just one month after a supervisor at the visitor center flushed a bag labeled "Anthrax" that contained white powder down a public toilet before notifying U.S. Capitol Police. reports that fired CEO Terrie Rouse has obtained the services of a lawyer and might contest her firing.

A spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol, which oversees the CVC and holds the authority to fire Rouse, told that Rouse would be "leaving the position" of CEO for visitor services, but would not confirm Rouse's firing.

“We wish Terrie well as she moves on to other endeavors,” Eva Malecki, the spokeswoman, told

Several CVC staffers told that Rouse's tenure as CEO was marked by prolonged periods of low morale and a feeling of intimidation by the upper levels of management.

Rouse was also allegedly known for retaliatory measures, such as giving undesirable posts to employees that went against the chain of command.

“It’s great news,” a CVC staffer told about Rouse’s departure. “There’s a culture here that’s no good, and this is a start to making it better.”

Rouse will be replaced by Dan Cassil, who will serve as acting CEO for visitor services,  and Beth Plemmons, who will serve as acting deputy for visitor services.

Rouse had been with the CVC since 2007.