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Firing Buchanan would have been irresponsible

It's a relief that, at least for now, the majority of Sedgwick County commissioners are smart enough not to fire County Manager William Buchanan. The commission was expected to go into executive session Wednesday but didn't do so — apparently because there wasn't enough support for the move by Commission Chairman Kelly Parks and Vice Chairwoman Gwen Welshimer to oust Buchanan. It would have been irresponsible to fire Buchanan, who has capably managed the county for nearly two decades and has strong support from business leaders, the public and county staff. Yet it's troubling that Parks appears not to have completely abandoned his terrible idea, telling The Eagle that "I think it's really not over but appears to be for now."