Professorship in Oklahoma lures Liberal doctor away from Kansas
TOPEKA -- Dr. James Harrington of Liberal has announced his resignation from the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission effective Jan. 1. Harrington had served on the commission since July 1, 2001, and was appointed chairman by Governor Kathleen Sebelius on July 1, 2006.

Harrington, an avid hunter and fisherman, has been in private orthopedic surgery practice in Liberal since 1990. He is a member of the Kansas Medical Society, the Kansas Orthopedic Society, and the Mid-Central States Orthopedic Society.

"I have just received confirmation of my appointment as chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa," Harrington explained, "and I will start my duties on Jan. 1. I'm sorry to leave Kansas and my work with the commission, but this is an opportunity I just couldn't pass up."

Harrington will be replaced as chairman by commissioner Kelly Johnston, a Wichita attorney. Johnston was appointed by Gov. Sebelius on July 1, 2003.