Since being incorporated as a city in 1888 the City of Compton had never has a three term Mayor until its home grown Eric Perrodin accomplished the historical feat with his unanimous third term approval by voters last week.
Historical first is nothing new to the Hub City. Douglas Dollarhide became the first African American mayor in California when he was elected in 1969, but his re-election bid was defeated by Doris A. Davis who became the first Black female mayor of a metropolitan city in the history of the United States.
Long time Compton resident and attorney Maxcy D. Filer who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1985 admired Perrodin for the accomplishment.
“It’s really great from a continuity stand point and it reflects that he’s done a good job,” praised Filer. “He’s done a fine job as far as I’m concerned.”
Perrodin first defeated incumbent Omar Bradley in 2001 by 264 votes, but then won a resounding victory against Cecil W. Rhambo Jr. in 2005 before his clear cut margin last week.
“The people of Compton have recognized Mayor’s Eric Perrodin’s unfailing commitment to their community by electing him to an unprecedented third term as their mayor. I am proud to also be a supporter of Mayor Perrodin. He is doing a great job and I look forward to continue working with him to make positive changes in Compton,” offered Senator Roderick D. Wright, 25th Senate District.
Perrodin was quite humbled by all of the praise leveling his way.
“I feel fortunate and I’m humbled by it. I hope it shows that the people feel that we not just myself-we as a counsel and community have proven Compton to be a place it should be and we are birthing a new Compton.”
He has not hesitated in going right back to work for the citizens of Compton.
“Since the campaign ended the day after the campaign, I met with three major departments. Park & Recreation, Workers Compensation and law Enforcement to see what we can give them to make their jobs easier and make Compton better. I also plan on meeting with the rest of the city employees to see what we can do to transition Compton better to that final stage of development.”
Perrodin grew up in Compton and soon after graduation from Cal State Dominguez Hills in nearby Carson began working for the Compton Police Department.
While serving as a police officer, he pursued a law degree at Loyola Law School. After 12 years with the department, Perrodin left to become a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County.
However, since returning home to the Hub City he has been determined to make a difference, but little did he know the most historical difference would be him as three time mayor.