Can an individual be an employee and council member in the same city
Residents in the city of Compton are concerned about newly elected city council member Tana McCoy. McCoy was sworn in to the seat representing the 3rd District on February 3, 2016. Prior to her appointment, McCoy worked for the city of Compton for nearly four decades. Most recently as an Administrative Analyst, with a salary over $67k.
Residents share with 2 Urban Girls that Ms. McCoy recently lost her husband and son, prior to her appointment.
Perhaps the stress of losing loved ones caused Ms. McCoy to consider the part-time nature of the city council seat, rather than the stress of working ten-hour days as a regular city employee. Perhaps the drastic reduction in salary from over $5,500/month to $600/month doesn’t phase her.
A public records request revealed Ms. McCoy’s salary, but has yet to identify the last day she worked for the city.
2 Urban Girls contacted Jane Robison, spokesperson for the LA County Dist. Atty’s office and inquired if the Election Code allows for individuals to hold both office and employment in the same city.
Robison replied, “..is this hypothetical or do you have someone in mind”?
2 Urban Girls elaborated on the residents concerns in Compton, regarding Ms. McCoy’s employment, and that the city clerk verified her salary but not her last date of employment, to which Robison replied, “…at this point there’s nothing I can comment on”.
When 2 Urban Girls further inquired as to whether an individual can hold both employment and elected status in the city, our original question, again the District Attorney’s office had no comment.
Compton residents can recall that Tana McCoy was a key witness in the prosecution of former mayor Omar Bradley, who will face new charges, April 12th, in a downtown Los Angeles court room, stemming from allegations initially filed against him over a decade ago.
The Dist. Atty’s office did provide this update on Bradley’s cases:
In BA240392, Omar Bradley is being retried on the two original charges that were overturned: two counts of theft of public funds.
In TA129869, an additional charge of Government Code 1090, conflict of interest, was filed on 2/24/2013. A preliminary hearing is underway in that case. The retrial will not begin until after the preliminary hearing is completed because we anticipate that the two cases will be combined.
Interestingly, when former Los Angeles council member Richard Alarcon had his conviction overturned, the Dist. Atty. appears poised to not retry him. Alarcon has since announced his intention to run for office.
If one lies about living in a council district, and collects a salary under such material falsehoods of the truth, isn’t that considered theft of public money?
The Compton city clerk’s office states that employees personnel files are confidential, and thus, they are not able to reveal the last day worked for council woman Tana McCoy.