Kelsey Brunner, Deseret News
FILE – Julie Dole, shows examples of the old books inside the vault of the Salt Lake County Recorder’s office in Salt Lake City, Monday, June 5, 2017.
MURRAY — After concluding its investigation into former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott’s chief deputy, Julie Dole, the Salt Lake County GOP booted Dole from her position within the party.
After an hourlong closed meeting, Dole’s fellow Republicans unanimously voted late Thursday night to remove her from the county party’s executive committee as Senate district chairwoman. They also disqualified her from holding any leadership, volunteer or paid positions — and banned her from running for any elected offices as a Salt Lake County GOP member — for the next five years.
The vote came after the party’s executive committee reviewed a report detailing the findings of an investigation the party launched into Dole in July to examine allegations that she covered up Ott’s health issues to keep her job as his deputy.
Dole has repeatedly denied those allegations, insisting that she never hid Ott’s condition, but rather she had no place or right, as his employee, to speak out about her boss’s private life. She has also dismissed the party’s investigation as purely political and unfounded.
But the party’s investigation concluded Dole “used her position (within the party) to conceal (Ott’s) deteriorating condition throughout the last election cycle and during her time as the appointed chief deputy within the recorder’s office,” according to the report, written by three party committee members: Helen Redd, Randy O’Hara and Jay Brummett.
In a text message Thursday night, Dole said the county’s actions were “extremely troubling and disingenuous,” accusing party leadership of “violating and dishonoring” the Constitution “by moving forward with this, especially since there are no proven facts or charges.”
“As I have said all along there are no findings, just baseless unfounded allegations. I am innocent,” Dole said. “From the start, this…