Congresswoman Maxine Waters honors Inglewood Treasurer Wanda Brown at special City Council Meeting)

The Inglewood City Council was joined by Congresswoman Maxine Waters to honor Treasurer Brown’s 31 years of service

While the City of Inglewood’s elected officials swiftly discharged all of the matters on the weekly city council meeting agenda, it was clear that the mayor and the city council members had decided to acknowledge the exemplary service of Wanda M. Brown, the City Treasurer/Treasurer and dedicate the majority of Tuesday’s meeting time in honor and appreciation of her 31 year of service.

Immediately following the pledge of allegiance, Mayor James T. Butts, Jr., announced that Brown was celebrating 31 years as the city’s most tenured official in history and asked the audience to enjoy a video, featuring nearly all of the City Hall staff. The television-quality video offered words of appreciation, adoration, competency and respect for Brown who has undeniably made a very positive and indelible mark on the City of Inglewood’s fiscal accountability, while being a professional and an admired colleague along the way.

Following the video presentation, council attendees were pleasantly surprised by the appearance of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the distinguished 43rd District Representative in the U. S. House or Representatives, who presented Brown with a Resolution commemorating her outstanding service.  Congresswoman Waters is the Ranking Member of the House Committee on financial services, which oversees matters that are of particular interest to the City of Inglewood; the oversight of the nation’s housing and financial services sectors including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities.

After Congresswoman Waters completed her brief remarks, the meeting was paused, giving Inglewood residents an opportunity to take pictures of Treasurer Brown with Congresswoman Waters, the mayor, city council members, the executive team and members of the Treasurer Department.  Mayor Butts read the entire resolution, commemorating Treasurer Brown’s service, on behalf of the entire city council.

At the end of the council meeting, when members of the City Council provided oral reports, more praise was heaped on Treasurer Brown.  Mayor Butts recounted his role in the City of Inglewood in 1987 as a Captain in the Inglewood Police Department, when he first became more familiar with her on the job performance.  He described her as the Alpha and the Omega, explaining that Treasurer Brown, “ saw the decline and later the resurgence in the City of Inglewood.”

Councilmembers added their commendations with George Dotson indicating, ”hats off to Wanda Brown.” And Alex Padilla said, “congratulations and keep on doing what you are doing for our city.” Eloy Morales thanked Treasurer Brown for “always staying positive,” and Ralph Franklin concluded, “Wanda, thank you very much.”

The celebration continued after the meeting with gold-icing-laced cake and sparkling cider served to everyone, while someone in the crowd was overheard saying, “let’s get back to work!”


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