Muscatine mayor’s removal hearing to reconvene

MUSCATINE (AP) — The mayor of Muscatine will have to wait until next month to defend herself to the City Council, which is considering her removal from office.
The Muscatine Journal reports that the council met for 11 hours Thursday and listened to witnesses and lawyers talk about Mayor Diana Broderson. Several city employees testified under the guidance of a special counsel and were cross-examined by Broderson’s attorney.
Broderson never got a chance to speak, however, so the council decided to reconvene April 1.
A statement of charges says Broderson’s actions have created unnecessary legal and staff costs and potential liability. Broderson and her supporters say the council is engaged in a political witch hunt.
At least a two-thirds majority of council votes is required in order to remove Broderson from office.