Details being worked out for Harlow’s return to job
Bill Harlow and his attorney are close to ironing out conditions of his return as city superintendent.
Harlow and attorney Floyd Garrett of Topeka, city attorney Gerry Cooley and council member Willene Blackburn met Tuesday. The two attorneys met Wednesday evening to continue the talks.
While no agreement had been reached by press time, both sides spoke optimistically about the meetings.
"The meeting went well. But as far as the outcome of it I would not say at this time until all the councilmen have all the information," Harlow said.
"I had some stuff that I wanted to lay out and they had some stuff that they wanted to lay out. Conditions, you know."
Blackburn agreed the meeting went well and the parties are working towards an agreement.
"I thought it was a very good meeting," said Blackburn, who voted against Harlow in both votes by the council. "Just very favorable as far as everybody being able to talk."
The superintendent position was eliminated during the annual appointment period at the May 10 council meeting, but was reinstated at last Wednesday's meeting by the same 4-1 vote that saw him without a job two weeks earlier.
The council voted approved the motion with Blackburn giving the sole opposing vote.
"It's not a done deal. We've still got certain things to do," Cooley said. "I think it would be an impediment if we start talking about it."
Though discussions are expected to continue throughout the week, Harlow said he's ready to have things get back to normal.
"I'm missing out," Harlow said. "I'd like to be back to work."