City of Compton residents are fed up with the carousel of employees coming in and out of City Hall. The latest departure is City Controller Rafaela T. King who has nearly two decades of financial management experience. She is currently out on FMLA but is tendering her resignation effective July 2, 2020. This comes at a time where the city is facing a nearly $9.8 million budget deficit.
Issues arose between the controller and council shortly after Councilwoman Chambers was sworn. It was alleged Chambers began demanding King release money earmarked for an annual breast walk put on by the former Councilwoman Janna Zurita.
Shortly thereafter, King was placed on administrative leave, without pay, and was then immediately placed on paid leave.
“I think the city’s controllers letter sheds light on the current fiscal crisis facing the city,” said Skyy Fisher, a former Compton school board member. “It also speaks to the toxic culture created by the new Councilwoman Michelle Chambers.”
Residents welcomed Chambers due to their familiar relationship with her during her tenure in the area Assemblyman’s office.
King’s letter doesn’t specifically call out Michelle Chambers name, however, she is the newest Councilwoman on the dais since King’s hiring in early 2018.
Former City Manager Cecil Rhambo also abruptly resigned, within days of Chambers election. He alleged she became boisterous over furniture for her office, before she was officially sworn in to the position and allowed public comments to be made by her council liaison on his internet radio show.
Compton resident Lynn Boone has feverishly been working on a recall petition of Chambers but faces continuous roadblocks by City Clerk Alita Godwin.
Did District 1 residents make a grave mistake in electing Chambers over Zurita?
King details how the city’s outside auditors, Eadie + Payne, are price gouging the city to inflate audit costs despite being awarded an $850,000 contract for auditing services in August 2018.
“I will not be going to jail for anyone,” said King.