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Ethics Commission to determine if Dolezal lied on Ombudsman Chair application

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Whether Rachel Dolezal lied on an application for the Police Ombudsman Commission will now be investigated by Spokane's Ethics Commission. 

In a joint statement released Monday afternoon, Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart said the current firestorm surrounding Rachel Dolezal has been a distraction and the Ethics Commission will determine whether the answers Dolezal gave on her application violated Spokane's Code of Ethics. 

On her application to join the citizen Police Ombudsman Commission dated June 12, 2014, Dolezal checked multiple boxes when asked about her ethic origin, including "White", "Black/African American", "American Indian/Alaska Native" and "Two or More Races." Dolezal is currently under fire after her parents outed her as white. 

“We are disappointed that questions have been raised about the truthfulness of the chair of the independent citizen Police Ombudsman Commission. We are committed as a city to being transparent in our work, and the alleged misrepresentation by one of our citizen volunteers detracts from that effort," the statement read. 

Dolezal's parents said last week their daughter, who until Monday morning was the President of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, is white and has been pretending to be black for years. Dolezal resigned her position with the NAACP Monday morning in a statement released on Facebook. 

"Much has been made about ethnicity, but our concerns are focused squarely on the expectation that our volunteers adhere to the standards of truthfulness, transparency and integrity they agree to when they apply for and join a board or commission. The discussion has been a distraction from the work of those who strive every day to make Spokane a great place to live,” Condon and Stuckart's statement read. 



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