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Former Hercules City Manager Dies

Nelson Oliva died on Tuesday, according to the FBI.

Former Hercules City Manager Nelson Oliva. Patch photo archive.
Former Hercules City Manager Nelson Oliva. Patch photo archive.
Former Hercules City Manager Nelson Oliva, who resigned in 2011 amidst the city's deepening financial struggles, has died, according to city officials.

City staff received a call from the FBI on Tuesday saying that Oliva had died earlier that day, said Hercules interim City Manager Phil Batchelor.

[Related article: Oliva’s Legacy: Closed Doors, ‘Fantasy’ Numbers]

Oliva was in his mid-50s. Further information about his death was not immediately available this morning.

The FBI had reportedly been investigating Oliva in recent years following his 2011 resignation in connection with murky financial dealings, including the investment of millions of redevelopment dollars in projects that never materialized.

However, charges were never brought against Oliva or any of his colleagues.

He served as city manager from 2007 to 2011.
CHACHA May 31, 2014 at 02:22 AM
Kudo's David, LOL.... but no-way Jose will the City of Hercules be able to get/collect on his Life Ins policy (tho we can wish, hope n/pray that he n/or his daughter had a big-heart if not by guilt to put some mula $$$ aside in his will for City of Hercules),LOL!
Nick May 31, 2014 at 01:24 PM
No, his estate would be liable for any debts. Generally, you can't escape debts just by dying. That's why people get life insurance to help pay their mortgage if they die.
CHACHA May 31, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Nick, dont think so, but hope so, for Hercules sake, LOL! Fyi, my past wife died and all her credit card, hosp/ambulance bills, retail-creditors, etc in her name were wiped-out(forgiven) by creditors once they got/saw proof of death!
Annie R. June 03, 2014 at 01:26 PM
I am fascinated by the fact the FBI made notification. Perhaps Oliva can be buried in an orange jumpsuit. It would be totally fitting.
CHACHA June 03, 2014 at 02:45 PM
KUDO"S ANNIE...If not orange-suit, at least a "Black n White/Jailbird-striped suit would be appropriate!

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