Town ignores Iowa rule requiring gender balance on boards, commissions

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:11 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

DES MOINES (AP) — The northwest Iowa town of Sanborn apparently has opted not to change course after drawing scrutiny for allegedly flouting state rules mandating gender balance on boards and commissions.

Because there is no penalty for breaking those rules, it seems likely the Sanborn Electric and Telecommunications Utility Board will remain a boys club. The city was singled out by the Iowa Ombudsman's Office in October after the Sanborn City Council chose to disregard a female candidate for the three-member utility board. They reappointed longstanding board member Jim Cravens instead, meaning the panel remained all-male.

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