The Muscatine City Council will hold a regularly scheduled in-depth meeting on Thursday evening.
The fourth item on the agenda reads “Request to Authorize and Instruct City Attorney to File Written Charges of Removal Pursuant to Iowa Code, Chapter 66 and Section 1-7-6 of the Muscatine City Code.”
According to Iowa Code Chapter 66.29 “Any city officer elected by the people may be removed from office, after hearing on written charges filed with the council of such city for any cause which would be ground for an equitable action for removal in the district court, but such removal can only be made by a two-thirds vote of the entire council.”
The Muscatine City Code section 1-7-6 reads:
Removal of the Mayor. The Mayor may be removed from office by action of the City Council for any of the following reasons:
- For willful or habitual neglect or refusal to perform the duties of his or her office.
- For willful misconduct or maladministration in office.
- For corruption.
- For extortion.
- Upon conviction of a felony.
- For intoxication, or upon conviction of being intoxicated, or for possession of any illegal substances.
- Upon conviction of violating the provisions of Chapter 6 8 A , Code of Iowa.
Such removal shall be only after a hearing before the City Council based on written charges prepared and filed by the City Attorney, which removal can only be made by a two-thirds vote of the entire Council. Notice of such hearing shall be by personal service on the Mayor whose removal is being sought not less than ten (10) days before the date of such hearing.
No additional details are available at this time.
City Administrator Gregg Mandsager declined to comment at this time, instead directing the Voice of Muscatine to the City Attorney at Brick Gentry, P.C. out of West Des Moines. The Voice of Muscatine is awaiting response at this time.
This agenda item comes after several closed session meetings of the council, where Mayor Broderson was asked to leave the room due to a conflict of interest, though the exact conflict has not been explained at this time.
The Voice of Muscatine will continue to update as any information is made available.