Muscatine city administrator files suit against mayor

Mandsager follows through on defamation lawsuit threat against Broderson

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Muscatine city administrator Gregg Mandsager has filed the defamation lawsuit he had threatened against Mayor Diana Broderson prior to her re-election, City of Muscatine spokesperson Kevin Jenison confirmed.

The lawsuit, filed in Muscatine County District Court challenges Broderson’s recounting that Mandsager told her on numerous occasions that "I run this town, not you."

Mandsager called the statement totally false and in the lawsuit also takes issue with other statements attributed to Broderson alleging misconduct on the part of Mandsager and other city staff.

Mandsager tonight has his annual review before the council behind closed doors, which starts at 5:30. After deliberations, the council will return to open session to vote.

Local 4 News and Fox 18 News has a crew on the way and we will have more on the vote tonight at 10.

The five counts outlined in the lawsuit:

+ defamation

+ intentional, reckless or negligent infliction of emotional distress

+ intentional iterference with prospective business advantage

+ intentional interference with contract

+ respondeat superior/municipality liability

For each count, Mandsager "demands judgment against Defendants in a reasonable and adequate amount to compensation Plaintiff for his injuries, together with interest as provided by law and for the costs of his action."


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