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Dubuque mayor calls for investigation of council member

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By Chris Adams | Jan 1, 2020

Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol, middle. | Public Domain

Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol has asked the Dubuque County attorney to open an investigation into an incident involving City Councilman Jake Rios.

In November, Rios released closed session documents – some of them were audio recordings – illuminating reasons why some council members wanted to terminate the employment of Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen, reported KCRG-TV9.

Iowa code prohibits the divulging of closed session recordings, Buol said in the KCRG-TV9 report. Buol is calling for the investigation to ascertain whether Rios should be relieved of his official duties or if a criminal case should be initiated for misconduct.

The embattled councilman claims he was revealing the information as a whistleblower and acted within the parameters of his rights. Rios’ actions stemmed from his concerns about Milligen's handling of sexual harassment complaints, KCRG-TV9 reported.

"It was my duty as a public servant to whistleblow what had gone on, to the press if need be," said Rios in an article posted on the KCRG-TV9 website.

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