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Compton mayor misses most meetings, still gets paid

September 5, 2010 | 10:04 am
Despite being paid one of the highest salaries in Los Angeles County for a part-time mayor, Eric Perrodin of Compton is often missing in action.

Between July 7, 2009, and July 13 of this year, Perrodin was absent from board and commission meetings nearly two-thirds of the time, attending only 59 of 162 scheduled sessions, records show. On some occasions when he did show up, he was more than an hour late or left the meeting in less than half an hour.

But he still got paid.

The mayor and City Council members, who are also part-time employees, are paid more than most of their counterparts in Los Angeles County, records show. Between their monthly council stipend, pay for sitting on four boards and commissions, and auto allowance, Compton council members make $55,800 annually while Perrodin earns $63,000.

The officials get their monthly pay regardless of whether they attend meetings, including for the month of August, when no meetings are held.

During the 12-month period, the mayor, who works full time as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, showed up to 25 of 41 council meetings. On nine occasions, he arrived late or left early, according to city records.

His absence at board and commission meetings during the same period was even more glaring. He showed up to only one of 19 Housing Development Commission meetings and nine of 30 sessions of the Public Finance Authority, records show. He attended less than one-third of Gaming Commission meetings and was a no-show for 26 of 42 Urban Community Development Commission meetings.

Read the full story here: "Compton mayor, whose salary for his part-time post is unusually high, misses many meetings."

-- Ann M. Simmons and Abby Sewell