In a late night press release, the city of Compton announced they have a new city manager. Roger Haley formerly served as the city manager in nearby Lynwood, for seven years, and was then “forced out” according to then city councilwoman, now mayor, Aide Castro. Haley has a history of not being “punked” by the mayor.
Los Cerritos News reported back in August 2013, of the “abruptness”, in which Haley retired from the city of Lynwood. Haley apparently refused to engage in unethical acts, requested by the mayor.
Haley began working for Lynwood after residents voted out multiple council members. There was also outrage over a proposed NFL stadium, that would have demolished an entire neighborhood.
It will be interesting to see how Haley works with Mayor Aja Brown, who caused controversy over her recent State of the City and her husband being involved in a skirmish with Compton Unified Board Trustee Micah Ali.
Johnny Ford, who served while a permanent manager was sought, was demoted to assistant city manager, effective immediately.