Mayor Eric J. Perrodin has committed his life to public service. Perrodin grew up in Compton and later attended California State University Dominguez Hills, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1982. Following undergraduate school, he joined the Compton Police Department.
Always dedicated to excellence, Perrodin distinguished himself for high performance while working as an officer in several divisions, including community affairs, gangs, narcotics and as a detective. During his tenure, he built a reputation as a seasoned officer and champion of those considered underdogs in the City. Perrodin was one of the youngest officers ever promoted to the position of Sergeant for the Compton Police Department. He served as the President of the Compton Police Officers Association and showed his community spirit, along with his fellow officers, by participating in several Christmas variety shows, which raised funds to purchase food and gifts for needy families.
An advocate for education, Perrodin decided to return to school to become an attorney. He enrolled at Loyola Law School, attending classes at night while working days as a Compton Police Officer. Following graduation from Loyola, he passed the bar examination on his first attempt and was licensed to practice law in the State of California in 1995. After serving 12 years with the Compton Police Department, he left the force to become a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County.
Because of his strong belief in and advocacy for the City of Compton, Perrodin felt the need to give back to the city that had prepared him for success. Following the prompting of several citizens, and after confirmation from a higher source while in church one Sunday, he decided to run for Mayor. With no political experience, but with a passion for change, he entered a mayoral race that featured five political veterans, including the incumbent. The citizens of Compton elected Eric J. Perrodin to the office of Mayor on June 5, 2001. He won re-election in April 2005.
Mayor Perrodin continues to strive for excellence. First and foremost, he wants to change the image of Compton. From his belief that with a new day comes a new philosophy, he coined the phrase, “Birthing a New Compton,” which reflects his vision for the City. He believes this moniker reflects all that Compton embodies, and has made strides to disseminate this thought throughout the administration and to the residents and share holders in Compton.
Mayor Perrodin is committed to improving the lives of those who work, live, study and play in the City of Compton. He knows that with cooperation and support from citizens, greatness for the City is possible.
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