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Marion Council votes to keep mayor after public hearing

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MARION (KWWL) -

Mayor Allen "Snooks" Bouska will hold his job as Marion mayor after a nearly four-hour public hearing Tuesday.

It was a packed house inside the Marion City Council chambers and packed with evidence and arguments on both sides of Mayor Bouska's residency.

The Citizens for a Better Marion group brought Mayor Bouska, his wife Vickie Bouska and a private investigator as witnesses.

The private investigator said, based on his sole surveillance of the mayor's Hiawatha home, he concludes that Bouska resides there, not at the Marion address. The private investigator admitted he didn't watch the Marion home.

Bouska's representatives questioned two neighbors of the Marion home and Linn County Auditor Joel Miller.

The neighbors say they've seen him live there, and Miller says Bouska's registered to vote from his Marion address.

Mayor Bouska also testified, saying he spends 70 percent of his time in Marion, 25 percent at his other properties in the Cedar Rapids area and 5 percent in Hiawatha.

According to Iowa Code 69.2, the Marion City Council had to have Tuesday's public hearing to determine whether a vacancy exists, and the council voted unanimously to keep Mayor Bouska as mayor. 

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