Tuesday evening, at the very beginning of the Costa Mesa City Council meeting, 20-year reserve police Officer Rene Meng was recognized by Mayor Allan Mansoor and the rest of the council as the Employee of the Month.
Mansoor stood at the speaker’s podium and told the audience in very laudatory terms of the act of extraordinary service performed by Meng that prompted her nomination for this award, then presented a certificate and gifts to her as part of this recognition. He then had what may well be remembered as a “be careful what you ask for” moment.
He turned to Meng, offered her his position at the podium and asked if she had anything she’d like to say. She did, and I hope many people were listening. The following is the verbatim quote from Officer Meng: