Rumors are flying fast and furious around City Hall this evening that there is a major personnel shakeup in the works. A new Trib article hints at the probable target: City Administrator Deborah Edgerly. If she is demoted or retires, the standard practice would be to perform a nationwide search for Oakland’s chief executive. Ms. Edgerly is not the product of such a search, but was promoted from within the city bureaucracy (she was budget director).
Mayor Dellums has not commented publicly on the city administrator but is widely believed to want to install his own boss. Dellums’ biggest hire so far was to promote his economic advisor Dan Lindheim to director of the Community and Economic Development Agency: Mr. Lindheim has certainly made his mark on CEDA’s mission statement.