2021 in review: Biggest stories of municipal government in Bettendorf, Eldridge, LeClaire | Local news
Turmoil at Eldridge Town Hall
In Eldridge, city council fired its city administrator, Lisa Kotter, in a split vote after a third-party investigator discovered the administrator had created a “hostile work environment.” Kotter refutes this conclusion, claiming that the investigation report contained errors and omissions.
Kotter filed a lawsuit asking a judge to overturn the council’s decision.
In the November election, voters ousted outgoing mayor for three terms, Marty O’Boyle, who was named in the investigation report as having a hostile relationship with Kotter.
Two-term board member Frank King, owner of an auto body shop, beat O’Boyle by more than 10 percentage points, according to election night tally. Daniel Collins, captain of the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department, won a close election to take King’s seat.
LeClaire among Quebec cities affected by scammers
LeClaire paid crooks posing as legitimate sellers over $ 200,000 earlier this year. The city was able to recover the funds except for an insurance deductible by freezing the accounts and recovering the money through an insurance claim. It was one of at least three Quad-Cities municipalities that have had money stolen through this type of scam, and nearly every government has fallen victim to attempted thefts as cyberattacks and scams are multiplying nationally.