Except as otherwise provided by state or city law, all persons appointed to city office or employment may be removed by the officer or body making the appointment, but every removal shall be by written order. The order shall give the reasons, be filed in the office of the Clerk, and a copy shall be sent by certified mail to the person removed, who, upon request filed with the Clerk within 30 days after the date of mailing the copy, shall be granted a public hearing before the Council on all issues connected with the removal. The hearing shall be held within 30 days after the date the request is filed, unless the person removed requests a later date.
(Iowa Code § 372.15)  (1999 Code, § 5.09)