The Armstrong,Iowa City Council moved to place Police Chief Craig Merrill and City Clerk Tracie Lang on unpaid administrative leave, Monday night at a special public meeting.
There was no vote for Greg Buum, as the now-former mayor resigned from his position before the meeting.
Earlier this month, three city officials and two former city officials were arrested on 21-joint charges stemming from a multi-year investigation into misappropriation of city funds.
City council spent much of Monday’s meeting filling the gaps in responsibility left by Buum and Lang. Now, council members are scrambling to fill empty positions and finalize their budget, as a special election for mayor likely lies ahead.
City officials say law enforcement is being covered by the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, for now.