The Los Angeles City Council on October 16, approved President Herb Wesson’s appointment of veteran Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Melinda Murray. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, Murray said she is “thrilled to represent the city and make sure our elections system is transparent.” In her position as part of a five person panel, Murray will oversee campaign contributions and other political finance issues.
“I just believe she brings a unique perspective to the commission,” Wesson told reporters.
“Not only do we have a person who is highly respected because of her work as a district attorney, we also have an individual who grew up in politics, who understands exactly what it takes to get elected. She understands people raising money.”
Murray’s father Willard Murray served on the California State Assembly from 1988 to 1996, subsequently making a run for congress but losing out to longtime Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald. Her brother is former state senator Kevin Murray of California’s 26th District. She serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Black Lawyers and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the National Bar Association.
Murray has dedicated her legal career to protecting victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sex crimes.
“We welcome Commissioner Murray to the Ethics Commission,” said Heather Holt, the Commission’s executive director.
“We look forward to working with her and learning from her extensive legal experience.”
The Ethics Commission has been in place for 25 years, enforcing for voters government practices that are “fair” and “transparent”, according to a spokesperson for the organization. Members serve for five years and are appointed by the mayor, city attorney, controller, the City Council president, and the City Council president pro tem.