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We Serve CA: ‘It’s more than a job’

Monica Turner Edwards

CalPERS is about people. It’s about the dedicated individuals who serve, or have served, California at the state, regional, and local level through a career in public service.

We’re honored to serve those who serve California, and through our We Serve CA series, we highlight the people who serve citizens throughout our state.

Here’s one of our latest features:

Monica Turner Edwards, City of Compton

With a welcoming smile, it’s no surprise to hear Edwards say she likes giving back. Working for the City of Compton gives her the opportunity to give back, and she believes that being a public servant makes her a better person.

“It’s more than a job. I’m going to give you an example,” Edwards began. “There was a young lady sitting on our steps crying, on the front steps of City Hall. And I asked her—I didn’t have to, but I’m a public servant—and she said, ‘Someone, I need housing tonight. I don’t have a roof to put over my head. No one will help me.'”

“I brought her into City Hall,” Edwards continued. “And I told them to tell her where the nearest social services building is. They were looking at paper and stuff, and I said, ‘I know where it is.’ I escorted her because it was right around the corner. And that, to me, that’s public service. People need. They need. Especially in these times and we’re here to help fill the void and gap. That’s the way I see it.”


CalPERS is proud to feature the people who serve the state of California in this special series, We Serve CA. If you have a great story to tell about what public service means to you and how you serve the state of California, please share it with us on our Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #WeServeCA on Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!