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Iowa City fills 3/4 vacancies on Truth and Reconciliation Commission

UPDATE: City staff were made aware Wednesday morning that they appointed one new TRC commissioner in error. David Borger Germann had intended for his name to be dropped but the city never removed him.

Borger Germann says he is no longer available to be a part of the commission and tried to take his name off of the database. City Clerk Kellie Fruehling says the city council has decided to host a special, formal meeting on Monday April 12 to fill the last remaining seat.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Iowa City city councilors have filled all four vacancies on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and plan to restart the commission next week.

Four members and the group's facilitator resigned in March after issues of infighting and arguing came to a head with the resignation of former chair Royceann Porter.

The new members are Wangui Gathua, David Borger Germann, Chastity Dillard and Clifton Johnson.

City leaders voted to suspend the TRC for one month on March 17, after they decided it needed a fresh start. City Council plans to have a joint meeting with the TRC on April 15 to discuss next steps and get back to work.

In defiance of what the city is doing, local protest group the Iowa Freedom Riders announced the formation of a "Peoples TRC" on March 26. That "Truth and Reckoning Commission" is also slated to begin work on April 15.

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Travis Breese

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