Her removal comes in the wake of an investigation

By Diane Herbst
June 18, 2015 09:55 PM
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Amid allegations of “intimidating and harassing behavior,” the Spokane City Council removed Rachel Dolezal, chair of a police oversight commission, from her post on Thursday in a unanimous vote, according to release from the city.

Dolezal, who has been accused of lying about her ethnicity, and two other commissioners on the volunteer Police Ombudsman Commission were the subjects of a whistleblower investigation that was kicked off earlier this year by a city employee.

The findings showed board members created a negative work environment for the employee, manipulated the minutes of meetings and attempted to adopt new policies before a new ombudsman could be hired.

It also claimed Dolezal broached the confidentiality of residents making complaints against the police, among other findings.

A second commissioner submitted his resignation while a third was granted a one-week extension of Thursday’s deadline to resign, according to the release.

The City Council President and mayor called for the commissioners’ resignation in a press conference on Wednesday. Dolezal told PEOPLE earlier on Thursday she would fight the removal.

Dolezal stepped down from her position as leader of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP on Monday after her family accused her of lying about being black for many years.

With reporting by CHRISTINE PELISEK

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