Compton names new city manager
Cecil Rhambo, former Carson assistant city manager named new Compton city manager COMPTON (MNS) — The City has hired former Carson Assistant City Manager Cecil Rhambo to replace interim City Manager Jerry Groomes. Rhambo was hired in
Cecil Rhambo, former Carson assistant city manager named new Compton city manager
COMPTON (MNS) — The City has hired former Carson Assistant City Manager Cecil Rhambo to replace interim City Manager Jerry Groomes.
Rhambo was hired in 2014 as Carson’s Assistant City Manager following a 31-year career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he achieved the rank of Assistant Sheriff where he held command over Jail Operations, the Gang Bureau, the Special Weapons Team, Homeland Security, the L.A. Community Colleges, and the massive Metro bus and rail system.
In early 2001, Rhambo commanded patrol units at the LASD Compton Station and led a successful reduction in crime through the practice of community policing.
As the assistant city manager in Carson, Rhambo administered much of the day-to-day operation of the city and had direct input in Public Safety, Parks, Recreation and Human Services, Human Resources, Transportation, Code and Parking Enforcement, Information Technology, and Emergency Services.
Rhambo’ top priorities in Compton will be to present a balanced budget to the council on time, assess and prioritize the city’s crumbling infrastructure, assess personnel and equipment needs, and make policy and procedure recommendations to the mayor and council to ensure accountability.
Rhambo will be coming back home to the city of his roots.
“I’m excited. My parents moved to Compton in 1950. It was my first home,” Rhambo said. “As the first full-time commanding officer from the Sheriff’s Department to police the city after the merger of the Compton Police Department, I developed a passion for the city. I patrolled the streets, met with the residents, held grieving mothers, and celebrated graduations.
“This is a wonderful community that just needs teamwork and a commitment from all of the team members. I think this is a great council with passionate leaders willing to do the tough job of literally transforming Compton. I’m extremely humbled and honored to be part of their team,” Rhambo added.
Rhambo earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Humboldt State University, a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Woodbury University, and is currently working toward completing a master’s in public administration at California State University, Long Beach.
Rhambo is actively involved with the California Peace Officers Association, Black Peace Officers Association, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.