Judge rules Muscatine Mayor should stay in office

Latest ruling comes after months of battling with city council

MUSCATINE, Iowa - A big win came Tuesday night for embattled Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson. 

After being locked in a legal fight with the city council for months, a district judge has ruled in her favor. 

The judge says city council members violated Broderson's right to due process when ousting her. 

Broderson says taxpayers are affected most by the legal proceedings since their dollars are paying for fees. 

The mayor tells Local 4 News that the ruling is a weight off her shoulders.

"We're just very pleased to finally be vindicated. This has been a really long journey and it's not only me that's celebrating a win today, but it's the people of our community. Their voice was finally heard, and the judge has ruled in their favor," Broderson said.

The mayor says she still plans to run for re-election in November. 

The ruling comes after months of back-and-forth between Mayor Diana Broderson and the Muscatine City Council. 

Local 4 News is local for you with a break down of the key moments in the fight.

The power struggle started last winter when council members accused Broderson of violating the city's ethics code.

They ordered the city attorney to file written charges as cause to remove the mayor.

City council voted to impeach Broderson in may.

A district judge reinstated her a month later, citing too many conflicts of interest surrounding the decision to remove her from office.

Council members appealed that ruling in July. 

That lead to Tuesday's decision from a district judge to keep Broderson in office. 

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