After undergoing major surgery, village manager Steve Pyles is easing his way back into the swing of things.
At the end of the village council meeting on Sept. 21, mayor Barbara O’Keefe announced to the public that Pyles had been through surgery, was in recovery, and was expecting to be home Sept. 24.
Despite being ill and away from the office, O’Keefe said Pyles was always within reach either by phone or email.
“We’ve been in touch all the time,” she said. “It’s been real good for us that he’s kept in touch and made sure everyone’s up to snuff on what they’re supposed to be doing.”
Pyles said he missed more than a week of work while he was in the hospital. He started working a couple of hours a day this week and is easing back into his regular schedule.
“I’m doing fine,” he said. “I’m kind of on a restricted schedule this week and restrictions next week and then back full time after that.”
O’Keefe said she’s relieved to have him back in the office: “I think he’s a real asset to the community and I was worried about him.”
Council president Guy Wells was also happy to hear Pyles had a successful surgery.
“Steve’s very important to us,” he said. “Whether it’s the mayor or Steve or somebody else similarly responsible we realize how good they are at what they do sometimes when they call in sick. Steve’s usually very quiet and doesn’t produce a lot of fanfare when he does often extraordinary things.”
Pyles declined to go into detail about his medical condition but is glad to be back and feeling better.
“I think I’m recovered now to some degree,” he said. “I’m back at work.”
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