Howell responds to settlement with county manager in open letter

(Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Howell)

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Howell is sharing about why he voted the way he did over the settlement with County Manager Mike Scholes.

The settlement was for $205,420 which is 13 months salary. The amount Scholes would have been paid to finish out the remainder of his contract which is set to expire on December 31, 2019.

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In an open letter, Howell said Scholes had a substantial case against the county.

"The defense alone could have easily cost the county $150,000 to $300,000 plus Scholes legal costs plus any settlement deemed appropriate," he wrote.

He said the case needed to be settled to save the county further embarrassment and more cost.

On Wednesday, commissioners voted 3 to 2 to pay Scholes to get him to leave. They argued the reason they were forcing him out was that he created a toxic environment.

Scholes had been under fire after providing information to the FBI in an investigation last year involving Commissioner Michael O'Donnell who is awaiting federal trial on wire fraud and money laundering charges.