MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) UPDATE: The District Court hearing for Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson lasted around 5 minutes on Monday morning, July 17. The Judge will review additional evidence by August 1.
No timeline was given on when the next hearing will be.
Mayor Broderson tells KWQC-TV6 that she plans to run for reelection and says she plans to start campaigning soon.
ORIGINAL: It's been a six month long process to decide if Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson will remain in office.
Mayor Broderson was elected back in November of 2015, but only a few months later City Council proposed a change that would strip the Mayor of appointment power for commission.
The real push to remove the mayor came in January of this year.
In March a removal hearing was held in Council Chambers. That hearing wrapped up in April, but Council didn't officially oust the Mayor until their vote in May. The Council's decision was unanimous, and Mayor Broderson was officially removed from office.
After being ousted, Broderson took her case to a District Judge, and, in June, she was reinstated as Mayor.
Since, she has been back at City Hall and even holding her "Coffee with the Mayor" event.
But, the six month long fight by Council to remove the Mayor comes down to the final hearing.
"We feel confident that we will prevail," Mayor Broderson told TV-6 by phone ahead of the hearing.
She also said, she thinks the ruling may take a couple of days.
In terms of after the hearing, Mayor Broderson added they haven't looked that far ahead.
The final hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017.