As Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch makes changes to the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, keep this in mind:
- The Davenport Civil Rights Commission consists of seven citizen "commissioners" appointed by the Mayor
- The commissioners are the immediate supervisors of the Director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, Latrice Lacey
- Latrice Lacey is a City of Davenport employee subject to City Administrative Policy, just like all other city employees
- Davenport City Administrative Policy requires employees alleging sexual harassment to "report or make a complaint as soon as possible to his/her immediate supervisor."
- In August 2018, Lacey made serious sexual harassment allegations against the Mayor and presented as "evidence" a strategically selected screen capture of video from a city council meeting (Lacey says Klipsch touched her as they prepared to have their picture taken)
- Since August 2018, I have submitted multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for documentation showing that Lacey followed city policy and filed a complaint against the Mayor. To date, none has been provided.
Based on the information available to the public, it's fair to assume Lacey's accusations against the Mayor are baseless and if that's the case, it means the commissioners have taken no action to discipline Lacey for the false accusations she made against the Mayor. So when Greenwalt, Roberson, and Mayfield say they are surprised they are being replaced, they shouldn't be - they have failed in their role as supervisor of someone making serious accusations against the person responsible for appointing citizens to the Davenport Civil Rights Commission.
The citizens of Davenport have a right to know the real story behind Lacey's accusations. Refusing to provide documentation and failing to discipline your subordinate when she made false accusations makes the dismissal of the three commissioners completely justified.