DAVENPORT, Iowa – A few members of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission find themselves at odds with the mayor once again.
The term for three members expired last week.
They haven’t been told if they will still work for the commission or not.
Mayor Frank Klipsch is the only one who can make that decision.
The commissioners say they haven’t heard from him.
The commission is handling a sexual discrimination case against department store Von Maur.
The ruling rests in the hands of the seven commissioners– but there’s a problem.
“It is unclear whether we are still commissioners until our re-appointment’s been made or if we’ve been appointed as acting commissioners, we’re not really sure how that works,” says commission chair Susan Greenwalt.
Greenwalt is one of three members whose term expired on Friday, November 30th.
Those members don’t know yet if the mayor will re-appoint them– or replace them.
“I believe he said eight different people plus our three existing commissioners that he’s reviewing but he has not made a decision.”
Greenwalt says that conversation happened last Wednesday.
Since then, the commission has poured through the rules, but hasn’t found any answers and they’re worried for what that might mean.
“We’re assuming we’re still commissioners. If for some legal reason we’re not, what’s that going to do to any settlements or any decisions we have made? We’re not really sure.”
And there’s another worry: The group inducted two new members less than six months ago.
Greenwalt says if three more are replaced– it would mean an almost all-new commission.
“My big concern is that we have this case, this decision to be made, and that there’s experienced people making the decision so that it’ll be done correctly.”
Greenwalt says all the questions have left the commission in a state of limbo.
“Where do we stand, how do we move forward? We need answers, we need to know.””
Local 4 News called and emailed the mayor’s office but his secretary said he couldn’t be reached for comment today.
The three commissioners say they plan to keep working in the meantime.
They are set to make the final decision in their sexual discrimination case in the next month or so.
This isn’t the first time Davenport’s Civil Rights Commission found itself in a difficult situation with mayor Klipsch.
In August, commission director Latrice Lacey called for the mayor’s resignation.
She accused him of groping her at a meeting in April.
Shortly after the allegation, several commissioners went head to head with Klipsch when he proposed a structural change to the organization.
Klipsch withdrew the proposal in September after it got heated response from the community.