- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - An effort by the mayor to have Davenport’s city administrator and city attorney ousted from their jobs failed after several City Council members refused to attend a meeting called to vote on the firings.

Mayor Bill Gluba called the special meeting Friday to the City Council vote on a motion to fire City Administrator Craig Malin and City Attorney Tom Warner, The Quad-City Times reported (http://bit.ly/1IqEOX6 ). But six of the 10 council members didn’t show, leaving the meeting without a quorum - much less the seven “yes” votes needed to fire the two.

Gluba called the meeting after Malin and Warner refused his request for their resignations.

The dispute stems from the city’s dealings with a casino being built in the area. Gluba said the two men failed to advise him or the City Council that the city had agreed to pay for grading work at the casino site.

Several City Council members have said they were misled about the city’s obligations under a development agreement with the casino owners. The members said they thought the city was only paying for an extension a city street to the casino site, not grading work on the 40-acre site.

Gluba said he can no longer trust the men.

“One’s blaming the other,” Gluba said of his meeting earlier this week with Malin and Warner. “I asked how are we going to resolve this. They didn’t have an answer, so I asked for their letters of resignation.”

Some council members said their absence from the Friday meeting was to protest Gluba’s handling of the matter.

“I’m not going to preside over a public lynching,” Aldermen Bill Edmond said.

Alderman Ray Ambrose, the longest serving member of the council, accused Gluba of playing politics during an election year and said he was disappointed with the mayor’s attempt to oust Malin and Warner.

“People voted for him to change the way business is done in City Hall,” Ambrose said of Gluba. “He’s done a good job. I know he’s worked hard and a there’s been a lot of pressure on him. But with what happened yesterday, I’m worried about what will happen to him. It was so out of character.”

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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