Richmond city auditor resigns amid bullying allegations

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond City Auditor Umesh Dalal has resigned amid allegations that he bullied members of his staff.

Sources tell 8News the decision was made under mutual terms during a closed door city council meeting Monday night.

The accusations surfaced last week after city council reviewed a report that alleged Dalal verbally abused and bullied 14 staffers in his office. The report also alleges high turnover in the auditor’s office and claims Dalal skirted procurement rules when he hired a friend’s son.

Dalal will be paid a severance, according to sources, though it is unclear how much he will walk away with.

Many in the community have seen Dalal as a champion for citizens, exposing everything from misuse of city vehicles to the former department of public works director doing work for his church on city time.

Dalal’s attorney responding, “the only comment is that the matter was amicably resolved.”

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