After Months of Controversy, Alameda Places its City Manager on Leave
Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach was placed on paid administrative leave Friday following a nearly five-hour closed session meeting of the city council. The decision came five months after the city hired a firm to investigate Keimach’s allegations that council members wrongly interfered with the hiring of the city’s fire chief.
Friday’s decision was unanimous -- a rarity for the typically split body. Council members would not say what prompted the decision, but suggested the answer lies somewhere in the results of that independent investigation.
“The [investigative] report includes confidential advice regarding potential litigation given to the council, which the council is currently assessing in conjunction with its attorneys," said Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer in a statement. “The city will release the actual findings of the investigative report as soon as possible after the requisite legal analysis has been completed and delivered to the city council.”
We'll be following developments. Meanwhile, see our original story on Keimach’s allegations here.