Whoop there it is. It looks like the Hawthorne mayor is on the road to redemption. After declaring he donated his mayoral stipend back to the city coffers, it was met with some skepticism. Good news is, it appears Mayor Chris Brown is telling the truth. A public records request has confirmed he has forfeited his salary but is keeping the benefits.
When reached by phone for comment, the mayor shared his reasoning behind the move to forego his stipend, in spite of recent bad press surrounding his personal finances.
“The city has had to lay off many employees, within the last couple of months, and I want to do my part to assist with cost saving measures,” said Mayor Brown.
Although the stipend is not a large amount, he is the only South Bay elected official, to donate his stipend back to their city, when facing a budget shortfall.