The new mayor of Fort Madison could be in place before the end of the month.
The Fort Madison City Council has decided to appoint someone to replace former Mayor Steve Ireland, as opposed to holding a special election.
Steve Ireland, 53, passed away at Fort Madison Community Hospital last month.
City Manager Byron Smith says the appointment is expected to be made during the city council’s April 17 meeting. He says the details of the appointment process have not be laid out, but he says interested residents are encouraged to contact City Hall.
Former Fort Madison Police Officer William Bowker will not be returning to the department. He was fired by City Manager Byron Smith on Feb. 25, 2010.
Smith cited various acts of misconduct. They include falling asleep and/or missing phone calls while serving on the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force and having an affair with the wife of Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer.
Bowker appealed the ruling to the Fort Madison Civil Service Commission. That panel sided with the city in mid-2010, prompting Bowker to sue the city and the commission in district court.