Warren official resigns after anti-Muslim posts

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A Warren official whom the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on to resign for making anti-Muslim comments on social media stepped down Wednesday.

Diane Toni Deliso Kozlowski sent a letter to Warren Mayor James Fouts announcing her resignation from the city’s Elected Officials Compensation Commission.

“It was brought to my attention that some things that I posted online were offending people,” Deliso Kozlowski said in her letter on Wednesday, which was released by the city of Warren. “I apologize for offending anyone, including Muslims, my post was referring to terrorists, NOT Muslims.”

Deliso Kozlowski voluntarily resigned after discussing the outcry with Fouts, the mayor said.

“What she said on Facebook was a misstatement and she recognized her error and reacted accordingly. I appreciate her resignation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the city’s diversity director has reached out to the imam at the Islamic Organization of North America in Warren and plans to start sensitivity training for commissioners, Fouts said.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, but in the future we want to make sure everybody has proper training and is aware of sensitivity and the importance of diversity, and everything that goes with it,” he  said.

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