HERCULES -- Former City Manager Nelson Oliva, who stepped down under pressure in January 2011 as Hercules plunged into financial crisis, has died, officials said.

Interim City Manager Phil Batchelor notified City Council members in a memo late Tuesday afternoon that Police Chief Bill Goswick had just received a call from the FBI stating that Oliva had died. No further details were available late Tuesday.

Federal law enforcement officials were known to have investigated Oliva and possibly others over the last several years. But no charges have been brought against any former Hercules officials or others who may have played roles in questionable financial dealings of the last decade, some involving redevelopment funds invested in projects that stalled or never broke ground, that helped push the city to the brink of bankruptcy,

Oliva, who was 55 or 56 years old, was Hercules city manager from April 2007 to January 2011.



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