Mayor axes ‘unfitting’ members of Davenport Civil Rights Commission

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Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch, Wednesday, January 2, 2018, during the committee of the whole meeting held at City Hall.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch has removed four people from the city’s civil rights commission in response to a months-long dispute over its membership, according to a news release from the city.

The commission, a seven-member group of residents, has for the last several months refused to seat three others who were appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council in December. Commissioners have said the city made mistakes during that process and the three people Klipsch replaced should remain in their roles.

Commissioners affected by the mayor’s action are Benjamin Hahn, Shylee Garrett, Judy Shawver and Nicole Bribriesco-Ledger. The mayor says he will appoint four commissioners “as soon…

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