Five years after being fired amid accusations that she tipped off her nephew to an impending police raid, former Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly is back in the thick of city business.
SEIU, Local 1021 has hired Edgerly as a consultant to review the city's books as it continues negotiations on a new labor deal for more than 2,000 full and part-time city workers.
The union's executive director, Pete Castelli, said it considered Edgerly's unceremonious exit from City Hall but decided she could provide valuable insight looking over the city's financial statements.
"Whatever happened in the past is the past," he said. "Life goes on. People do other things."
Castelli said he didn't know how much Edgerly would be paid but said her role was limited and short-term.
Edgerly, who joined a strong union contingent at a recent City Council meeting, was accused in 2008 of alerting her nephew, William Lovan, of a major multiagency police raid on a West Oakland gang. Lovan was suspected of telling gang members about the raid.
Edgerly denied the accusations and never was charged. She could not be reached for comment Friday.
Lovan worked for the city as a parking meter repairman. A 2009 city audit found that Edgerly had hired several of her relatives, including her son and daughter, a niece and nephew.
Edgerly lost a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city.
Hayward councilman seeking mayoral post
Hayward Councilman Francisco Zermeno announced this week that he is running for mayor in 2014.
Michael Sweeney, who has served three terms as mayor, has not decided whether he will seek a fourth.
"People have been asking me whether I'm going to run again, including Francisco," Sweeney said.
The mayor wants to wait until this summer to reach a decision because "it's a little quieter and will give my wife and I some time to relax and talk about how we feel about my running again in 2014."
Zermeno, elected to a second four-year term in 2012, would still retain his council seat if he does not win his mayoral bid.
The Chabot College instructor, known for his phrase "Hayward on!" and a long proponent of supporting the city's merchants, said his campaign would focus on building a strong local economy and making it easier for businesses to open.
Sweeney, first elected to the City Council in 1982, served two terms before being elected mayor in 1990. He was then elected to two terms in the state Assembly before working at California Resources Agency.
He ran for mayor again in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. Sweeney said the amount of time he spends in his role as mayor varies, but it averages about 40 hours per week, in addition to his regular job. Sweeney is executive director of Spectrum Community Services.
Zermeno said that Sweeney has done well as mayor, and "if I win, I will do well."
The councilman said running for a mayor is a natural political progression for him: He previously served on the city's library commission and planning commissions.