COMPTON — Elected officials here last week appointed new members to the Compton City Council and the Compton school board, choosing to avoid the cost of a special election to fill vacancies on body bodies.
Tana McCoy was sworn in to office Feb. 3 as the newest member of the City Council by City Clerk Alita Godwin. McCoy replaces longtime City Councilwoman
“I am truly honored to be appointed to serve the residents of the Third District,” McCoy said. “As a long time Compton resident and civil servant I understand the issues first hand as well as the opportunities. I believe I’m fully equipped for the challenge and look forward to working with the community and my colleagues to effect positive change in the great city of Compton.”
“I am confident that Councilmember McCoy will be an effective leader and representative for the residents of Compton’s third district,” Mayor Aja Brown said. “I’m looking forward to [her] joining my colleagues on the City Council and myself in our work to keep Compton moving forward.”
“It is truly a great day in Compton,” Councilwoman Janna Zurita said. “Tanya McCoy is an outstanding addition to the Compton City Council. Our efforts to create jobs, ensure public safety and promote our city are going to be enhanced with Tanya on the City Council.”
Prior to being appointed to the City Council, McCoy was a city employee for 41 years, 30 years of which she spent as the liaison to the entire City Council.
A day earlier, the Compton school board appointed Alma Pleasant to replace Charles Davis on the board.
Like McCoy, Pleasant is a longtime Compton city employee, working in the Parks and Recreation Department for more than 35 years.
Pleasant also is a product of Compton schools. She attended Mona Park Elementary (now King Elementary) and Bunche Middle School. She is the mother of two adult daughters.
“I’m here to help move our schools forward,” Pleasant said. “I want to do what’s best for our students, teachers, and the city as a whole. If we have kids who are better educated then we will have a better environment.
“Although we need students to be college and career ready, it’s very important that they also master their basic skills like math and reading. If they can master the fundamentals, they can go anywhere.”
School board President Satra Zurita said Pleasant’s appointment will bolster efforts to increase academic achievement for all students.
“The success and safety of our students are the top two priorities for the Compton School District,” she said. “The addition of Alma Pleasant to the Compton school board markedly strengthens our board.
“She is committed to the goal of making sure that Compton’s children are college and career ready.”