Fmr. Oakland City Manager suing city

July 7, 2009 7:17:58 PM PDT
Former Oakland City Manager Deborah Edgerly filed a lawsuit Monday against the city, saying she was fired from her job last year out of retaliation for refusing to carry out orders from the mayor's office.

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Edgerly was accused of nepotism and intervening in a police investigation when she was fired from her City Hall job last summer.

In her lawsuit, according to city sources, Edgerly said she was ordered by Mayor Ron Dellums' wife, Cynthia, to create space for a public-private partnership office in the city. Edgerly also said she was ordered by the mayor's office to fire a number of city officials, including the city's finance director.

In the suit, Edgerly said she was fired out of retaliation because she refused to carry out those orders.

A Dellums aide said the mayor's office would not comment on the suit because officials have not yet seen it.

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