Compton Councilwoman Michelle Chamber’s liaison took to social media to share some heavy news with his followers. The message was confusing and strong. There’s a new Compton City Council majority, Council members Isaac Galvan, Tana McCoy and Emma Sharif, who have their sights on hiring a new City Manager and effectively reigning in the control of Compton Mayor Aja Brown.
An early morning Facebook post from Compton radio station owner, turned council liaison, Andre (Hub City Dre) Spicer, spoke about the prospect of him loosing his job with the alleged intended actions of the council to terminate the employment of City Manager Craig Cornwell, at the September 15, 2020, meeting.
“I’m just hella disappointed,” said Spicer.
The City Manager is the supervisor to the council liaisons, including Spicer, who delivered the possible bad news to his followers, that he was concerned for his job.
Craig Cornwell officially became the city’s 10th City Manager, in the last nine years during the regular city council meeting held on July 9, 2019. The city was on the receiving end of a scathing audit, which the then majority used as a basis to urge Cornwell to step down from his then position as City Attorney, to take the reins of the city in a new capacity.
During Cornwell’s tenure as City Attorney, he had to fight off the District Attorney’s office, over inflated salaries the council had given themselves for nearly two decades, a lawsuit filed by the Compton Unified School District over his office’s lack of enforcement over illegal marijuana dispensaries and as City Manager, over fifty city employees have been laid off and the city has a $9.8 million deficit for FY 2020-2021.
The lack of consistent street repairs is one of those situations where “what’s already known doesn’t need to be said”.
Spicer continued to state who he thought would take Cornwell’s place, however, the official city council agenda has yet to post to the city’s website. Spicer alleges that the people who he believes will take over the city manager’s office “lacks education” which are the same claims the community felt about his hiring as a council liaison noting he had no prior work experience and was incessantly rude to certain members of the public. Complaints to his supervisor fell on deaf ears.
Is it a new day in the city of Compton? Stay tuned.
2UrbanGirls has confirmed the September 15th city council agenda shows Craig Cornwell is up for dismissal and a new city manager will be appointed.