Harkins had made his decision, and as far as he was concerned, the matter was closed.
I once had a work related temporary opportunity (computer work in another city) that I wanted to pursue, but my supervisor vetoed it. But it was important to me to do this other position, so I went to his boss, and the request was granted. A week later, I was back at the old job. But a district position was later created for a permanent computer job, with requirements apparently tailored to my skills, so I posted for that and got it.