City Negotiating With Former Zoo Vet Over Return

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - The city of Topeka is negotiating with the former veterinarian at the Topeka Zoo as to when she will return to that job.

Shirley Llizo was fired by former zoo director Mike Coker in October of
last year. Last month, an arbitrator ruled the city wrongly fired Llizo. The arbitrator ordered her re-hired and paid back pay for the time she was off the job.

City communications manager David Bevens told 13 News Thursday that the city is working with Llizo and her attorney on a specific return date while ironing out other issues.

Joe Kamer has been in the veterinarian's job and has gotten much recent media attention for his work in rehabilitating Hope, the baby giraffe. However, Bevens says Llizo would return as the main zoo veterinarian, leaving Kamer’s future role there in doubt.

Kamer is listed as a veterinarian partner at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Hospital of Topeka.

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