MUSCATINE, Iowa — The Muscatine City Council has unanimously approved impeachment proceedings against the city’s mayor, accusing her of misconduct, neglect and making disparaging comments toward city employees.
Council members have declined to reveal details about the allegations made against Mayor Diana Broderson. City attorney Matthew Brick has been instructed to draft and file charges against Broderson that could result in her removal following a hearing, the Muscatine Journal (http://bit.ly/2iPlw8V ) reported.
Councilman Michael Rehwaldt said the mayor “may have engaged in some of the aforementioned conduct to the detriment of the city.”
Broderson has accused council members of “grasping at straws” and denies any allegations regarding the mismanagement of cash.
“My job as the mayor is to look out for the good of the people and if staff is doing something inappropriate, then yes, that’s what I should do,” Broderson said.
The mayor then opened the floor to the public who were present in the council chamber, many of whom are supporters of Broderson.
“We as citizens of Muscatine went to the polls and we cast our vote, and you didn’t like it,” Ann Brumback of Muscatine said. “The vendettas against the mayor are simply because the council did not get their way.”
Brumback said she and other residents of the city want to be informed of the details behind the charges. Other residents even threatened to vote out council members who supported Broderson’s removal.
Another Muscatine resident, Andy Foster, said residents should not form opinions before seeing the charges’ specifics.
“Whatever was presented to the council that we’re not privy to yet, we don’t have the information,” he said.
The timeline for impeachment proceedings has not yet been determined.
“This is new territory,” City Administrator Gregg Mandsager said.
Information from: Muscatine Journal, http://www.muscatinejournal.com