MUSCATINE, Iowa — Charges have been filed by City Attorney Matthew Brick for the removal of Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson.

The charges claim Broderson violated the city's code of ethics, by "making baseless complaints," including asking for an investigation into whether she had been discriminated against on the basis of her gender and requesting investigation into actions of the city that were later determined to be unfounded, according to the charges.

Also cited were several requests Broderson allegedly made to have Brick look into actions of the council, saying she had been discriminated against and bullied by the council and City Administrator Gregg Mandsager.

Broderson also attempted to change state law to override City Code and allow those in the office of mayor to contact the city attorney directly, according to the charges.

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Broderson's frequent Coffee with the Mayor sessions are listed in the charges as being done without authority from the council, and the charges claim she made baseless accusations against council members, the city administrator and Brick at the meetings, again violating the city's code of ethics.