Muscatine Council votes to hold hearing on removal charges of Mayor

MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) - Muscatine City Council Members voted unanimously Thursday night to hold a hearing on the removal charges of Mayor Diana Broderson.

Those charges, given to KWQC last week say, on 36 different instances, that Mayor Broderson overstepped her bounds and violated city code, including the city code of ethics.

Overall, the 24 page document says Broderson spent over $100,000 of the city's money in time and attorney fees.

At Thursday's meeting, two people spoke against the removal process. One asked about the cost of the removal process on taxpayers.

He was told "no comment" by the council. The other, claimed Muscatine was becoming the laughing-stock of the state because of this process.

KWQC asked four aldermen about the charges after Thursday's meeting. All of which said, "no comment." But, Alderman-At-Large Santos Saucedo did have a comment to one resident during the meeting.

"If I stand up for what I believe in. Then I'm okay. I'm okay," Alderman Santos Saucedo said to a resident on the stand speaking to council. "Come over here. You wanna take my job? You think you can you can do better? C'mon. Because my thing is, I have to stand up for what I believe in, and what we're doing is because of that."

The hearing will be held in Council Chambers on March 23rd at 8 a.m.