Will Edgerly Get to Choose Who Succeeds Her?

Whoever runs the blog Future Oakland raises an excellent question. Edgerly’s resignation letter includes provisions for her to stay on past July 31 for as many as 120 days to ease the transition to a new city administrator. So just how involved will Edgerly be in selecting who takes her place? When Oakland hired Robert Bobb, the mayor and the City Council took months and a nationwide search before they settled on him, and city leaders made a deliberate choice not to hire someone who had risen through the ranks of City Hall. Edgerly, meanwhile, came straight out of Oakland’s broken, nepotistic, inept system. Apparently, the city plans to hire executive search firms to scout for a new city administrator, but the question remains: What provisions are in place to guarantee we don’t get another Deborah Edgerly?

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