Photos: Cunningham, Vaus Sworn into Poway City Council

Councilman Jim Cunningham and new Councilman Steve Vaus took the oath of office Tuesday night.

Updated 10:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Joined by their families, second-term Councilman Jim Cunningham and newcomer Councilman Steve Vaus were sworn into the Poway City Council on Tuesday night.

Vaus, in his signature cowboy hat, joked that the new term marked a power shift on the council: facial hair now has a majority.

The community leader, who narrowly lost in the 2010 election, was welcomed to his first-term by outgoing Councilwoman Merrilee Boyack who has served for eight years.

"I am proud of him," Boyack said of Vaus.

Cunningham thanked his family for their support, though he acknowledged that his wife was losing him on Tuesday nights for the next few years.

"You'll get me back one of these days," he told her.


  • Councilman John Mullin was chosen to serve as deputy mayor, replacing Cunningham in the role after two years.
  • The council approved a resolution authorizing city staff to finalize the books for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended with a $228,000 deficit. Staff attributed the deficit to a combination of less revenue from stormwater fees and the struggling economy.
  • See more about Boyack's final night on the council here.


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