DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - UPDATE 7-25-19: A request for a summary judgement has been denied and a lawsuit over the dismissals will be allowed to continue. The ruling found that the Davenport Civil Rights Commission is an independent agency and there must be a cause for dismissal. The judge also granted a motion for a protective order shielding Mayor Frank Klipsch from being deposed in the case. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed against the Davenport mayor by former civil rights commissioner, Nicole Bribriesco-Ledger.
The Mayor of Davenport has notified the removal of four members of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission on Monday, April 15, 2019. The four include Nicole Bribriesco-Ledger, Shylee Garrett, Judy Shawver, and Benjamin Hahn.
According to a statement, the mayor said, "This unfortunate decision follows months of their refusing to respect state and local laws including refusing to recognize new commission members."
Replacement members will be confirmed during an upcoming meeting of the Davenport City Council.