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Clatskanie police chief resigns amid accusations of racism

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Former Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover (Photo courtesy: Clatskanie Chief) Former Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover (Photo courtesy: Clatskanie Chief)

Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover has resigned amid allegations that he made racist remarks on the job.

Hoover was put on leave last month after officers complained he made offensive comments about someone at the police station.

In a press release, city officials said the statements were made during a conversation with other city staff. City officials did not provide specifics about what Hoover allegedly said.

Mayor Diane Pohl said Tuesday their investigation was not complete, but the city council agreed to let Hoover step down last week.

Pohl says Hoover’s comments are alleged, but adds racism among city leaders is unacceptable.

“The city does condemn this kind of language and it is not tolerated in the city," Pohl said. 

Pohl wrote an editorial in the local paper about Hoover last week, thanking him and saying how much she appreciates his service.

She made no mention of the allegations against him or why he resigned and some in the community are criticizing her for that.

“I was commenting on his service up until that time," Pohl said. “And there have been no complaints against Chief Hoover before in 16 years. I was commenting on the hard work I saw him do in this community.”

At the south end of town, a wooden sign saying “Welcome to Clatskanie” showed off an additional message Tuesday – “Where Black Lives Do Matter," 

Calvin Olsen volunteers for the Chamber of Commerce and maintains the sign. He put up the message in the early morning hours.

Olsen says he wants people to know that Hoover’s alleged actions don’t reflect the feelings of good people in the community and he’s relieved Hoover resigned.

“Comments like that happen on a daily basis out here, definitely,” said Olsen. “And he just happened to have said it at a wrong time. You know, when you’re in that position as an authority figure, as the person we look to to protect us, you can’t be saying things like that. You just can’t.”

Pohl confirms Hoover received $27,000 upon his resignation as part of a contract he signed with the city.

A retired Portland Police officer will service as interim chief while city officials search for a new one.Copyright 2015 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. 

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