- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Six Davenport aldermen boycotted a special meeting last week to consider firing two city officials after they said the mayor didn’t consult with them about it.

The aldermen said in a Sunday statement that Mayor Bill Gluba didn’t meet with any council members when deciding to ask for the resignation of City Administrator Craig Malin and Corporate Council Tom Warner, the Quad-City Times (https://bit.ly/1K6I2Da ) reported. They said that when both Malin and Warner declined to resign, Gluba placed on the council’s agenda resolutions to terminate them.

The statement noted that past instances of “hastily made decisions to terminate employees” had put the city at liability in the form of litigation. Four aldermen attended the Friday meeting to consider the resolutions.

The dispute stems from the city’s dealings with work on a casino being built near where Interstates 80 and 74 intersect.

The mayor said Malin and Warner failed to advise him and the council that the city had agreed to pay for some grading work at the site.

“The fact is we’re on the hook for this grading, and no one knows how much it’s going to cost,” Gluba said. “I’ve heard estimates of between $1.6 million and $2 million. But it could be more.”

Gluba said that as mayor he has the right to ask for employees’ resignations, and that it’s up to the council to act one way or another on his request. He said he’s rescinded his request for Warner to resign because Malin recently took more responsibility for the issue.

A message seeking comment was left with Malin by the newspaper.

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

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