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Muscatine council considers mayor’s removal, no reason given

Muscatine mayor Diana Broderson (WQAD photo)

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — The Muscatine City Council is considering whether to seek the removal of the city’s mayor.

The Muscatine Journal reports the council will meet Thursday night, January 12, 2017 and vote whether to instruct the city attorney to file charges to remove Mayor Diana Broderson.

Officials aren’t specifying the ground for removing the mayor, and council members declined to explain the matter.

Broderson says she doesn’t understand the council’s actions but noted she’s received calls of support from residents since an agenda was published that included the proposal to remove the mayor.

Since she took office in 2016, Broderson says the council has moved to limit her authority.

Broderson says she’ll fight to retain her position if the council begins the process to remove her before her term ends Dec. 31.