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Process of vetting candidates for citizen police ombudsman commission positions

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Spokane city council voted six-zero to remove Rachel Dolezal from the citizen police ombudsman commission. This coming after the city released findings that Dolezal and two other commissioners were involved in workplace harassment. Spokane city council voted six-zero to remove Rachel Dolezal from the citizen police ombudsman commission. This coming after the city released findings that Dolezal and two other commissioners were involved in workplace harassment.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The city council decides on motions for three members of a watchdog commission for Spokane's police department.

Spokane city council voted six-zero to remove Rachel Dolezal from the citizen police ombudsman commission. This coming after the city released findings that Dolezal and two other commissioners were involved in workplace harassment. But how did she and two other commissioners who were investigated get their spots on the police ombudsman commission?

City council president Ben Stuckart says the candidates were interviewed by city council members or the mayor, and then reviewed once again. They even went through a background check.

"We vetted hundreds of people for boards or commissions since I've been here and we've never had an issue like this,” Stuckart says.

This past week, Rachel Dolezal has been under fire after her parents say she misrepresented her race. Now, she's one of three commissioners listed in an independent investigator's report that says those commissioners created a hostile workplace. City council president Ben Stuckart says the commissioners went through an additional mid-level background check that normal board or commission members don't get.

"We're probably going to have to have some community meetings as we move forward about do we need to change the level of vetting in order to make the community more comfortable moving forward"

The background check they did get does a search of their social security number, statewide criminal past, credit report, employment verification, and a motor vehicle search.

One of the commissioners, Debra Conklin, says she felt the report was biased and wanted to see more evidence. "As I read it, I keep finding myself going but what did the other person say?"

She says she has seen difficult exchanges on both sides of the table.

In terms of restoring public faith, she says "if we choose people with strong credentials and people who have trust of the community, I think the commission will be fine.”

The city council also decided on the two other commissioners. They accepted Kevin Berkompas' resignation and granted an extension to Adrian Dominguez to respond to the report. The city council has scheduled a June 24 meeting to decide on Dominguez.

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