Davenport mayor says search for appointee to fill Boom’s seat will start soon

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DAVENPORT - The mayor of Davenport today called the federal conviction of Aldermen Bill Boom "sad" and "disappointing", but says his resignation now clears the way for finding his replacement.

Boom sent a letter of resignation to the mayor, just hours after pleading guilty to lying under oath in a federal grand jury investigation into crystal meth dealing out of his Davenport Gold Coast home.

By law, the 65-year-old could not hold office as a convicted felon.

"We have a job to do, as now in his case, a felon, cannot serve any longer on our council. Therefore, council and I will come up with a process for an appointment," said Mayor Frank Klipsch in an interview with WQAD-TV.

Boom would have been up for re-election in November. He had served ten years on the city council.