Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2001

Harlow: Last year’s turmoil led to better communication

May 24, 2001

One year ago at the Eudora City Council's annual appointment period, council members convened in executive session and decided to eliminate the city superintendent position. The removal of the position from the city's roster resulted in the loss of superintendent Bill Harlow's job.

One week later, the council reinstated both the position and Harlow's employment.

When the council convened last week with a new mayor and council member on board, Harlow said he wasn't worried about the outcome. Afterward, he said he was happy to have a job for yet another year the council made no changes to his position.

"I have no problems with it," Harlow said. "They were going to do what they had to do. They made the appointments and I felt good about that. I got a job for another year."

Despite the turmoil last year's appointment period brought him, Harlow agreed his communication with the council has greatly improved over the year.

"The communication is real good and I have no problem talking with any of (the council) or them talking to me," he said. "I think it's working out real well."

This year's appointment period brought few changes to the city's make up. One change was the naming of Richard Campbell to the Eudora Planning and Zoning Commission. Campbell replaced commission member Tonya Summers, whose term expired this year.

Campbell is no stranger to the commission. He worked on the commission from July 1987 to July 1999. Conner said he picked Campbell for the job because of his strong work ethic.

"The main reason was I was familiar with Richard's work on the planning commission before," Conner said. "I always felt he did a fairly thorough job in getting prepared for the planning commission."

Another notable change was the appointment of municipal judge Randy McCalla to replace Delores Jerome.

Mayor Ron Conner said he made the change because of McCalla's experience in practicing law. McCalla works for an Olathe-based law firm, Speer, Holliday and Veatch.

"I felt that in this day and age, it's good to have someone in the spot that has a legal background," Conner said. "I think it works well when that person is from out of town and they are non-biased. You have a better chance of being independent from both the defense side and prosecutor's side."

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