Compton Welcomes New City Manager

The City of Compton has a new executive at the helm. Cecil Rhambo, who most recently served as assistant city manager in Carson, has been hired to replace interim city manager Jerry Groomes, himself a former longtime city manager of Carson.

Rhambo has held Carson's assistant city manager position for the past two years. He boasts a long career in law enforcement, having served 31 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Rhambo once served as Assistant Sheriff, overseeing the department's 18,000 employees and jail operations, as well as the Gang Bureau, the Special Weapons Team, Homeland Security, the Los Angeles Community Colleges, and the Metro bus and rail lines. While commanding patrolmen at the Compton station he was credited with leading a successful crime reduction effort as well. He recently testified in former Sheriff Lee Baca's trial, but was never accused of obstructing the FBI.

“I’m excited!” said Rhambo of the new job. His top priorities as city manager will be a timely and balanced budget, addressing infrastructure problems and personnel needs, and implementing policies that ensure greater accountability from city leaders.

Accountability is key in Compton, which has seen its fair share of corruption and mismanagement. The city fired its last two city managers, including one who was convicted of misappropriating public funds. The city’s former mayor Omar Bradley and a councilmen were convicted along with him. The city is also at the center of an FBI investigation, with its deputy treasurer now accused of stealing public money.

Rhambo holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Humboldt State University and a master’s in organizational leadership from Woodbury University. He is also pursuing a master’s in public administration at California State University, Long Beach.


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