Council leaves questions unanswered

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September 21, 2011 - 12:00 AM

An hour-long Iola City Council meeting — all of which was dedicated to private discussions with City Attorney Chuck Apt — ended with no action being taken by the council Tuesday.
The closed-door session was held while an audience of more than 30 waited in an adjoining room. Most of the audience members came in support of former Iola City Administrator Judy Brigham, carrying signs urging the council to “make it right.”
Council members voted 6-1 to fire Brigham Aug. 30, less than three weeks before she was scheduled to retire. Don Becker was the lone vote in support of Brigham. Councilman Joel Wicoff was absent for the vote, but has since expressed his support for Brigham as well.
Brigham filed a grievance Sept. 12, after which Iola Mayor Bill Shirley said the city had 10 days to respond.
Shirley told the Register that Tuesday’s meeting marked the beginning of the 10-day response period.
The council will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday for its regular bimonthly meeting.

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