Alameda City Council to release report, refers Keimach recording to D.A.; she keeps job for now

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL
Alamedans will finally get to view the contents of an independent investigator’s report into allegations by City Manager Jill Keimach that some councilmembers violated the City Charter by interfering with her selection of a new fire chief. The Alameda City Council, after yet another marathon special closed session meeting Monday night, unanimously voted to release the report on May 2.

Last week, Keimach admitted that she recorded Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Malia Vella without their knowledge during a private meeting in August. The council directed the city attorney Monday night to refer the case to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

The violation is punishable to up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine per violation. Keimach’s attorney argued Monday evening that an exemption in law allows for recording when the individual believes a crime is being committed.

Keimach’s future in Alameda, however, remains unclear. No public announcement was made out of closed session regarding her possible termination. Keimach, made a surprise appearance during public comment, in which, she listed her accomplishments as city manager, and appeared amendable to returning to her job. Following her address to the council, the large, supportive audience gave her a standing ovation.

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