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August 3, 2010 > Reyes takes oath of office

Reyes takes oath of office

By Shavon Walker

Union City's Assistant Attorney Benjamin Reyes was sworn in by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stuart Hing as the city's new City Attorney on July 28, 2010.

Reyes graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987, and earned his J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1992. He also counsels public agencies in the areas of energy, construction and procurement and governance law and often teaches seminars on the Ralph M. Brown Act, ethics, conflict of interest and political reform rules.

"Thank you very much, Judge Hing," said Reyes as he approached the podium. "Thank you, Mr. Mayor, members of the Council and Judge Hing for the honor you have conferred upon me this evening. I look forward to rising to the challenges of the office of City Attorney and working with City Manager Larry Cheeves and all of the professional staff as we serve the people of Union City together.

"I am also humbled by the support of my predecessor and mentor Mike Riback, who has faithfully served Union City as our third City Attorney for the past nine years. I certainly have big shoes to fill and I am not looking forward to his retirement at the end of this year. I've learned my trade well from Mike and if I achieve half of his accomplishments, I will be a successful City Attorney. It is also a privilege to have the support of my family and peers, many of whom are here this evening - my wife Susan, my children Adam and Isabel, my parents, Ben and Eidiche Reyes, and many members of the community who are here to mark this occasion along with you. They witnessed many times when I answered the call to serve our country and the community and now they witness this moment when I proudly continue in my service to Union City.

"As I begin my duties as Union City's fourth City Attorney, I'm reminded by President John F. Kennedy's State of the Union address in 1961 when he told the American people, "Let public service be a proud and a lively career and let every man and woman, who works in any area of our government, in any branch and any level, be able to say with pride and honor in the future, 'I served the United States government in that hour of our nation's need.'"

"Well, members of the Council, Mr. Mayor, in the spirit of President Kennedy's address, I wish to close with my sincere pledge to you and to the community that I fully intend to serve the people of Union City with the same pride and honor that you exemplify by your daily service to the all in this community. Thank you very much for this honor."

A reception was held in the new City Attorney's honor after he was sworn-in.

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