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City Council votes Rachel Dolezal off Ombudsman Commission

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Ombudsman Chair Rachel Dolezal has said she will not resign from the Commission. Ombudsman Chair Rachel Dolezal has said she will not resign from the Commission.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

By a vote of 6-0, the Spokane City Council voted Rachel Dolezal off the volunteer citizen Police Ombudsman Commission on Thursday. 

Commissioner Kevin Berkompas turned in his resignation, which was accepted by the Council, and Adrian Dominguez received an extension to respond to the allegations in a report released on Wednesday. 

The City of Spokane says an independent investigation into a whistleblower complaint filed against three members of the volunteer citizen Police Ombudsman Commission has found "behavioral misconduct during interactions with City employees." 

City of Spokane Communications Director Brian Coddington said eight findings of misconduct in the report include chair Rachel Dolezal and commissioners Kevin Berkompas and Adrian Dominguez. The report was forwarded to the City Council for review prior to Thursday's meeting.

On Thursday, the City Council held a special legislative session to discuss the findings of the report. At a press conference on Wednesday, Mayor David Condon and Council President Ben Stuckart called for the resignation of all three members named in the report. Council President Stuckart said he expected the resignation of Commissioners Berkompas and Dominguez, but said only Berkompas responded with a resignation. Adrian Dominguez will receive an extension to respond to the Council's request for his resignation. 

Prior to voting out Dolezal, who refused to resign, the question was raised about if she had contacted the City of Spokane in response to the letter sent out Wednesday to resign. Council President Stuckart said no one from the City of Spokane had heard a response from Dolezal, other than her comments made through national media. 

Dolezal told NBC in a statement released Wednesday that she will not resign. 

"I will not resign. I have done nothing wrong and neither has Adrian Dominguez or Kevin Berkompass," Dolezal said. "We have done our best each step of the way and double-checked our actions with legal counsel. We are unpaid volunteers who have been serving the public faithfully in an unprecedented, evolving police oversight commission. The work is tough, and certainly there is a degree of expected push-back from the institution, but the level of harassment and sabotage by city government is completely undeserved and inappropriate."

Dolezal recently resigned as President of the Spokane NAACP amid allegations from her parents that she is in fact white, and not black as she has been portraying for years.

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