August 8, 2006

Dust up in Davenport

Things have been roiling in Davenport city government over the past week or so.

It started when it was learned that city administrator Craig Malin had taken a $6000 cost of living salary increase without running it past the city council. Malin then compounded the matter by thinking he could rectify the situation by donating the amount in dispute to charity.

Colonel Davenport has a couple posts on the story.

Then last Wednesday's regular council meeting was cancelled after 4 alderman walked out in protest.

Residents at last night's meeting showed up and called the alderman on the carpet for their behavior. The QC Times provides more details of the dust up here.

I can't say that I'm up to speed on all the background history that lead up to this state of discord, so if any Iowegians or others with more knowledge of the situation wants to fill us in, please do.


At 8/08/2006 6:58 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Read the Times today. Says that Malin has already cleaned out his office. Dust off those resumes folks...

"Wanted, City Administrator -- must be able to ignore the Council and Mayor and do whatever strikes your fancy. No real experience required. Just the ability to stand your ground and thumb your nose at the taxpayers."

Perhaps that 4 year term initative was handled incorrectly. Why would the City staff listen to a Council and Mayor that are constantly campaigning? This is further proof that the staff will do what ever they want with no regard for any consequences...and the "Boss" is leading the way on that attitude.

At 8/10/2006 7:49 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Hey now the Times reports "fist a cuffs" in the Mayor/Council offices??

Is this getting nasty now??


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