“This contract I don’t think should have taken over seven months to finish up, for the issues that were out there,” Doud said. “And we didn’t have a whole lot of issues out there.”
On the city side of the table sat lawyer Mike Galloway, Ottumwa City Attorney Joni Keith and Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller. The union side contained Doud, union negotiator Jack Reed and Ottumwa Fire Capt. Pat Short.
Monday was the last chance for approval of the contract. Otherwise it would have proceeded to arbitration on Thursday.
“We did give up the years of sliding scale we were pushing hard for,” Doud said. “This did not need to drag out that long.”