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East Dubuque Council Tables Decision on City Manager’s Contract

Citizens crowd into a Civil Service Committee meeting in East Dubuque Wednesday (Courtesy: KCRG).

City leaders in East Dubuque will decide whether to fire the city manager later this month. The city council held a Civil Service Committee meeting last night to discuss the contract of City Manager Geoff Barklow. An Illinois State Police investigation recently uncovered allegations of sexual misconduct against Barklow. A woman accused him of offering her a ride home, but instead driving to his own house, where she says he pressured her into beginning a romantic relationship and touched her breast. A couple dozen citizens attended Wednesday’s meeting, and several urged the council not to renew Barklow’s contract. The council eventually entered a closed session. Afterward, they announced that they will make a decision on Barklow’s status at another meeting, which is scheduled for July 23. Barklow is one of two East Dubuque city officials that were the subject of the state police investigation. They also looked into misconduct claims made against Assistant Police Chief Gerald Fluhr. Fluhr was placed on paid leave while the investigation was underway, but has since returned to duty. The Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney chose not to file charges against either Barklow or Fluhr, citing a lack of evidence.

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