On July 2, 2019, the Compton City Council voted 5-0 to appoint former City Attorney Craig Cornwell to the new position of City Manager. On July 23rd, the vote changed to 4-1.
Cornwell’s contract stipulates compensation and severance and goes further in clarifying that Cornwell and the Council have agreed to waive limitations of his removal under Municipal Code 2-2.9. Councilman Isaac Galvan publicly expressed his concerns about Cornwell’s contract and has refused to sign it.
Cornwell’s contract, under Section 2.5, allows him to be fully compensated and reimbursed for costs, if he represents the city in any legal action, either during or after the terms of his agreement. The contract can be amended by Cornwell, the City Attorney, and majority of city council members at any time.Cornwell