Muscatine Council removes mayor

MUSCATINE, Iowa – In a meeting that only lasted three minutes, Muscatine's City Council put an end to months of a back and forth political battle by voting unanimously to remove Mayor Diana Broderson from office.

She becomes the first Iowa mayor to be impeached.

While Broderson's attorney has said there is no proof, the city's attorney has argued that Broderson is guilty of violating city code by misusing her power to obtain personal benefits and that her actions have cost the city about $100,000.

For some of her supporters, it's a gender issue due to the entire council being male. For others, it's a waste of money to pursue the issue when they say she's done nothing wrong.

But for Broderson, it's a fight that isn't over.

The case will go to court and that's exactly where she wanted it in the first place.

"We will prevail once we get this to a proper jurisdiction in District Court," said Broderson, "We are confident that we will prevail there and we can get back to the business of the city of Muscatine."