Scott Minikus, the retired Long Beach Police Officer selected by the Cypress Council to replace Stacy Berry, was sworn in by City Clerk Alisha Farnell at their Sept. 13 meeting.
“I, Scott Minikus, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California. I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I’m about to enter.”
Following the oath of office, Minikus thanked those who had encouraged him and acknowledged the other applicants who were not selected.
“To my fellow candidates who participated in our democratic process, I want to especially thank you for your time, dedication and effort you put forward,” said Minikus.
“While watching your interviews, I was struck by the depth of your knowledge, your passions and your willingness to serve our city, and for that I’m privileged to have participated alongside you,” he added.
“I’m proud to say that I have honorably served my country in one capacity or another, my entire adult life,” said Minikus.
The newest Cypress council member said he endorsed the teaching of the late Nelson Mandela. “We must possess the ability to effectively lead, as well as being a supporting member of a team that collaborates, and invites input and ideas from all stakeholders.”
“And so, with that, know that I’m here to listen to you, and have kind, thoughtful and respectful conversations. But most of all, as I’ve done before and will continue to do. I’m here to serve you and represent you.”