Oakland City Administrator to Resign in Disgrace?

Oh, please say it’s true. Both the Trib and the Chron report rumors that Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums will force City Administrator Deborah Edgerly to resign or retire by Monday, following an incident in which she allegedly tried to intimidate police into freeing an alleged West Oakland gang member. On June 7, city repairman William Lovan had locked himself out of his car with the engine running. Police who arrived on the scene noticed Lovan had a gun in the car and prepared to tow it. Somehow, Edgerly got wind of the affair, raced over, identified herself as the city’s top bureaucrat, and demanded to know just what the hell the cops were doing with her “nephew.” Edgerly’s “nephew” turns out to have been targeted as part of a massive, months-long effort to bust up the Acorn Projects street gang. Of course, this isn’t the first time Edgerly allegedly used her authority to mess with the cops; she forced the Police Department to lower its physical standards after her daughter couldn’t make the cut at the police academy. But if she has really hindered a major police investigation, she’s toast, and rightly so.


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