COMPTON, Calif. – Compton City Clerk Alita Godwin announced her retirement during the regular city council meeting held Nov. 15.
“After more than 40 years of employment with the city of Compton, I have decided to retire as of Dec. 31, 2022,” said Godwin.
She wanted to clear up speculation that she’s not retiring due to “health reasons” but that her time working for the City has come to an end.
She began her career working under former City Clerk Charles Davis in 1982 while studying at Harbor College. She worked her way up to deputy city clerk. After he retired, she was appointed to the position in 2004 and elected the following year.
Her entire career of public service has been in the city clerk’s office.
Godwin said she would be submitting her official resignation to the mayor and council so they can begin the process of deciding what to do with her seat.
The council has the option of either appointing someone to the seat or holding a special election, which could cost in excess of $1 million considering voters just approved a ballot measure that cancels the April 2023 election.
“Mrs. Godwin’s retirement announcement is cause for a special election. On the date of her retirement there will be four appointed officials without the voters having their voice heard,” said Skyy Fisher. “Council needs to negotiate with the county on the cost and find the money to let the voters have their say on who represents them.”
“An appointment would give whoever is selected, an advantage in a future election,” said Fisher.
Longtime resident Cynthia Macon also weighed in on the prospect of a new City Clerk being seated.
“For far too long, 50 years and counting, the city clerk position has been under just two officials, Charles Davis and Alita Godwin, and marred by allegations of election tampering and fraud rigging elections, un-purged voters rolls, a lack of transparency, refusal to provide key documents, cover-ups, editing of video and city records, city seal and funds theft, and now add conspiracy and collusion to rush the swearing in of controversial appointees,” said Macon. “The times is past due for change back to a legality, credible administration, and modernization of antiquated methods in the municipal clerk’s office.”
Macon wants the process to be fair to all residents who wish to vie for the soon-to-be vacant seat.
“Please no rigged replacements either,” added Macon.
Godwin was reelected in April 2021 to another four-year term which expires in 2025.