2021 in review: biggest stories in city government in Bettendorf, Eldridge, LeClaire | Local News

Turmoil in Eldridge City Hall

Eldridge City Administrator Lisa Kotter at a Sept. 28 Eldridge City Council meeting as council members voted 3-2 to end her employment with the city.

In Eldridge, the city council fired its city administrator, Lisa Kotter, in a split vote after a third-party investigator found the administrator created a “hostile working environment.” Kotter refutes that conclusion, saying the investigative report contained errors and omissions.

Kotter filed a suit asking for a judge to overturn the council’s decision.

In elections this November, voters ousted the three-term incumbent mayor, Marty O’Boyle, who was named in the investigative report as having a hostile relationship with Kotter.

Two-term council member Frank King, an auto body shop owner, defeated O’Boyle by more than 10 percentage points, according to election night tallies. Daniel Collins, a captain at the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department, won a narrow election to fill King’s seat.

LeClaire among Q-C cities hit by scammers

LeClaire paid more than $200,000 to scammers posing as legit vendors at the start of the year. The city was able to recover the funds save for an insurance deductible through freezing the accounts and recouping the money through an insurance claim. It was one of at least three Quad-Cities municipalities that had money stolen via that type of scam, and nearly all governments have experienced attempted theft as cyber attacks and scams increase nationwide.

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