MUSCATINE, Iowa — The mayor of a southeast Iowa city is appealing her removal from office, saying her ousting by local officials is a “travesty” for voters who elected her.

Diana Broderson filed a court motion Tuesday to delay the Muscatine City Council’s unanimous vote to remove her from office, the Muscatine Journal ( ) reported. The petition asks the Muscatine District Court to overturn the decision and allow her to remain mayor until the matter is resolved.

“I was voted in by the people of Muscatine to be their mayor, and to take away their voice and their power is a travesty,” she said. “If I’m not allowed to stay in office and the judge overturns this, how could (voters) ever be made whole again? How could I ever be made whole again?”

The City Council cited “willful misconduct” in its decision last week to impeach Broderson. A statement of charges says Broderson’s actions have created unnecessary legal and staff costs and potential liability. The council alleges Broderson contacted city staff without permission of the city administrator, violating a city code.

At an April 1 hearing to examine the allegations against her, Broderson said City Administrator Gregg Mandsager told her to copy him on any emails to staff. Broderson said she honored his request, but she complained that council members weren’t asked to do the same.

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for May 24.

Broderson said that even if her impeachment is overturned, the decision likely won’t be made until after the November election.

Information from: Muscatine Journal,

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