ALAMEDA — City Manager Jill Keimach is quitting her job under a deal worked out with city leaders, a move that comes after she admitted she secretly audio recorded two council members to back up her claim they wrongly put under political pressure as she selected a fire chief.

The action, which the council announced following a closed-door session Tuesday night, comes as the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the tape and whether her recording was made illegally.

An independent investigator — brought in by the council after Keimach initially made her accusations in an October 2017 letter — determined that Councilman Jim Oddie allegedly violated the City Charter by advocating a union-backed candidate for fire chief.

Vice Mayor Malia Vella, also accused in Keimach’s letter of putting her under political pressure and so violating the charter, was cleared by the investigator.

Keimach was placed on paid administrative leave in March as a result of the fall-out from her allegations.

Details about the settlement agreed behind closed doors Tuesday were not immediately available.

Mayor Trish Spencer and Vella voted against the settlement.

Check back for updates.

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Source:: East Bay – Politics


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