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Complaint filed against Bookmeyer, Trout, City Council and others with Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Brent Trout, Eric Bookmeyer and Travis Hickey may have some explaining to do.
Brent Trout, Eric Bookmeyer and Travis Hickey may have some explaining to do.

MASON CITY – A complaint has been filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in Des Moines against government officials at City Hall in Mason City.

According to a strong source, those named in the complaint, which was brought by the attorney of former Mason City Human Rights Director Lionel Foster, are: Mayor Eric Bookmeyer; City Administrator Brent Trout; the entire City Council, which includes Scott Tornquist, Alex Kuhn, John Lee, Travis Hickey, Jean Marinos and Janet Solberg; and three Mason City Human Rights Commission members: Steve Palmer, Brian McNamara, and Mark Stanton.

It was reported in a local media source that the issue was a lawsuit, which is not correct, another source told NIT.

Inboxes at City Hall.
Inboxes at City Hall.

“There are envelopes in all the inboxes from the Iowa Civil Rights Commission,” at City Hall, an informer told NIT Tuesday afternoon.  “Trout, Bookmeyer got one.  All the council and a couple in the boxes for the Human Rights Commission.  They must have run right to the press with it.”

Yet another source told NIT that there was a story in the local media about a lawsuit.

“It took me by surprise, because it’s not a lawsuit,” the source indicated.  “It’s a civil rights violation complaint.”

Mason City Human Rights Commission
Mason City Human Rights Commissioners.  Named in the complaint are Mark Stanton (gray suit, top-middle; Brian McNamara (white shirt, glasses; and Steve Palmer (short sleeve blue shirt)

It was reported to NIT some weeks ago that newly-appointed Human Rights Commissioner Mark Stanton was overheard and seen at the Mason City Country Club just hours after his very first Human Rights Commission meeting.  A source who was also at the Country Club and standing near Mr. Stanton that Thursday evening informed NIT that Mr. Stanton was referring to Lionel Foster and bragging that “we finally have him” and “we just have to pay this guy off and he is gone for good.”  The source indicated that Mr. Stanton was inebriated and picking up other people’s drinks by mistake and drinking from them.  A call was made to Mr. Stanton’s business seeking clarification on the matter but NIT received no call back.

The long-time office of the Mason City Human Rights agency.  Personnel from the Blue Zones project are slowly moving into the office as funding for Human Rights was dramatically slashed by Alex Kuhn, Jean Marinos, Scott Tornquist, Travis Hickey, John Lee and Janet Solberg.
The long-time office of the Mason City Human Rights agency. Personnel from the Blue Zones project are slowly moving into the office as funding for Human Rights was dramatically slashed by Alex Kuhn, Jean Marinos, Scott Tornquist, Travis Hickey, John Lee and Janet Solberg.

NIT was also told that long-time Human Rights Department assistant Amy Simpson is resigning from her position.  A call to the Human Rights Department offices after 4:30 was not answered.

Officials at City Hall have moved Blue Zone staff and materials into the offices where the Human Rights business was once conducted.

More on this developing story this week.

 

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