Monday, June 23, 2008

D-Day for Deborah Edgerly

By Chris Thompson
Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 8:50 AM

If it's Monday, this must be Decision Time for embattled City Administrator Deborah Edgerly. Last week, after Edgerly allegedly used her authority to interfere with a police investigation into West Oakland street gangs, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums reportedly gave her until today to decide whether to quit, retire, or be fired. Will she go quietly? Not if her most recent remarks are any indication. After the news broke Friday morning, Edgerly issued a public statement, which we'll print after the jump:

"The rumors and press stories this week are shocking. Shocking because they are untrue and unfounded. Shocking because the safety of West Oakland, my lifetime home, and the safety of all Oakland residents, is what I devote 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in my service as City Administrator to protect. Shocking because I am being tried in the court of public opinion by rumor, innuendo and presumption of guilt.

"There is obviously much more to this story than can be revealed at this time or in this setting, given that an investigation is now underway. I welcome this investigation and am cooperating fully with the appropriate authorities so that the truth will emerge. I am confident that when it does, you will see a very different picture.

"I have lived in Oakland my entire life and dedicated myself to serving it with pride - faithfully and honorably - for more than 20 years. I will not allow these allegations to define my fine career of service to this city that I love."

So is Edgerly's "fine career" over? Will Oakland have to do without her services? Will we even find out today, or will she get a few more days to at least make it look like she's going out on her own terms? And who will replace her? Where's Bob Bobb when you need him? (hat tip: Future Oakland)

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