MUSCATINE, Iowa - The Muscatine City Attorney has filed charges aimed at removing Mayor Diana Broderson from office.
The written charges of removal were filed Friday morning.
Broderson is accused of engaging in conduct that violated city code and the city code of ethics, taking actions outside the scope of her powers, neglecting her duties, engaging in misconduct, and misusing her power.
"It's kind of immature and not a good use of our resources," said Malisa Hipschur, a Muscatine resident. Hipschur supports Mayor Broderson, despite the fact that some city officials want her gone.
City Council first voted to strip the Mayor of some of her powers last August. Now, charges list 36 separate complaints against her as reasoning to remove her from office.
One of the complaints in the 24-page document states that when the Mayor discussed her disagreement with the City Council at her "Coffee with the Mayor" events, that was actually a violation of the city's ethics policy.
"For people to go after her for trying to essentially do her job is ridiculous. They're upset because she's talking to her constituents and the public. I mean, she has coffee with people. You're allowed to drink beverages if you're a city official," said Hipschur.
The charges against Broderson say was counseled to act within the scope of her authority. She was warned to stop making public comments about elected officials and city staff and to stop contacting city staff directly, which is a violation of city code.
Broderson says she has not been served yet and declined to comment on the charges against her.
The City Council must now hold a hearing and a two-thirds vote is needed to remove the Mayor from office. The last Council vote directed at removing the Mayor passed unanimously.
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