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Alameda Showdown Looms

City Manager Acknowledges Surreptitious Taping

Megan Goldsby
April 13, 2018 - 6:17 am

ALAMEDA (KCBS Radio) - Embattled Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach, facing a  scheduled Monday City Council meeting that could lead to her firing, ackowledged to KCBS Radio reporter Megan Goldsby that she surreptitiously recorded a meeting with members of the City Council.

The East Bay Express first reported that an outside ivestigation launched after Keimach accused unnamed City Council members of exerting pressure on her during the hiring of a new fire chief included the "taping" allegation. Keimach confirmed to KCBS Radio that she recorded the meeting.

"I did tape that meeting," Keimach told KCBS Radio, "and it is evidence of what I have been asked to do--and that was to hire an unqualified fire chief because the fire union desired it."

But she said she was retaliated against after deciding to hire Ed Rodriguez away from the Salinas Fire Department to become Alameda’s fire chief. And she is now confirming that the City Council members in question were Jim Oddie and Malia Vella. 

Keimach was placed on paid adminsitrative leave earlier this year by the City Council. She now says it was the first time in a more than 30-year career in public service that she had felt the need to document what she thought was illegal activity by elected officials

Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer told KCBS Radio, "All of us have pressure. In regard to what pressure she felt she had--that's up to her." 

The City Council is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Monday to hear public comments before adjourning to closed session to consider Keimach's fate.