Supreme Courtroom guidelines on Davenport Civil Rights Fee dispute

The State Courthouse.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Mayor of Davenport in a longstanding dispute over his appointment to the city’s Civil Rights Commission.

Mayor Frank Klipsch removed four members of the commission in April 2019, before their term expired, after saying they had failed to recognize three new members he had appointed.

One of the four sued Nicole Bribriesco-Ledger said the mayor couldn’t remove her for no reason.

The district court ruled the lawsuit could go ahead – but the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a power of appointment is tied to a deportation agency unless the law provides otherwise. The law does not require the mayor to give reasons, and the district court wrongly denied the city’s motion to dismiss the case.

Here is the verdict:

Davenport Sup Court PDF

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