Former Compton Mayor Eric Perrodin was appointed Compton’s new City Attorney on a 3-2 vote during the October 26 regular city council meeting.
“I’m humbled by the support and confidence the city council has shown in selecting me as city attorney,” said Perrodin.
Perrodin is a lifelong resident of Compton. He started his career in the city’s park’s and recreation department, and serving as Chairman of the Personnel Commission. He served on the Compton Police Department between 1983-1995 and served as their union’s president.
After completing law school, in 1995 he became a deputy district attorney, and was elected mayor in 2001.
In 2001, Perrodin defeated the incumbent mayor, Omar Bradley, and was re-elected in 2005, and 2009. He has the distinction of being Compton’s longest-serving mayor. He was defeated by Aja Brown in 2013 after an expose surfaced regarding the city’s finances and his desire to re-establish the Compton Police Department.
Perrodin replaces former city attorney, Damon Brown who was appointed to the position in 2019, after Craig Cornwell vacated the seat to become city manager.
Brown tendered his resignation during the October 12 meeting, with the city declaring the seat vacant.
Mayor Emma Sharif made the motion to appoint Perrodin, which was seconded by Councilwoman Michelle Chambers.
“I am proud of the Council’s appointment of Eric Perrodin to the position of City Attorney,” said Sharif. “Eric’s appointment was a key step for us to build and maintain a strong team at City Hall. As a past Mayor himself, he knows this City well and I am confident that he will carry out this new role with integrity and dedication to public service.”
Councilmen Jonathan Bowers and Isaac Galvan abstained.
Galvan wanted there to be an open process, to allow others to apply.
“I wish the City would of made the process more transparent, and allowed for people to apply just like we have done for other elected seats in years past,” said Galvan. “I have nothing against the appointment of Eric Perrodin, seeing that I’ve never met him, but since he was successful, I’m looking forward to working with him and making his transition as smooth as possible.”
Bowers was also concerned the previous attempt to appoint Perrodin, on Oct. 12, were done without the item being properly agendized.
“It just doesn’t appear to be above board,” said Bowers. “It wasn’t put out to the public, to give others time to apply. When you apply for a commission there are deadlines to submit.”
Mayor Sharif clarified her position wanting to appoint Perrodin.
“I want to address when people say the item just ‘popped’ up on the agenda, nothing just ‘pops up’, it was on there for discussion, and council were asked to put forth names, and they didn’t,” said Sharif. “If you read the agenda it was on there for discussion.”
Perrodin’s appointment will run through 2024.