About Mayor Sipma

Shaun Sipma was elected Mayor of Minot in June 2018 after serving as a member of the City Council for two years. He was employed by KXMC-TV in Minot as a news anchor and reporter from 2000-2013 before joining North Dakota Farmers Union Insurance as an agent. Shaun is active with Farm Rescue as a Board Director and he is a Board Director of the Farm Rescue Foundation. He is also the past president of Magic City Networking. As Mayor, Shaun’s goals include moving forward with flood control for Minot and the Souris River Basin, completing the Northwest Area Water Supply project, improving the quality of life for the city’s residents, and fostering a business-friendly climate that encourages investment in Minot. Shaun graduated from Minot State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He and his wife, Keri, have two children; daughter Maren, and son Jaxson.

In the winter of 1886, when the Great Northern Railway ended the push through North Dakota, something magical happened. A small city was born, and within just a few months, the population grew to over 5000. Minot has been “The Magic City” ever since, and today, more than ever in our history, that magic is living on.

Minot is not only home to one of the nation’s best economies and job markets, we maintain a family-friendly atmosphere, low crime rate, and a very strong housing market. We have a thriving arts community, top-notch schools, outdoor activities for every season, and so much more.

The growth that our area has seen as a result of the energy boom in western North Dakota has also brought many new shopping and entertainment options to our community.
If you’re already a part of our community, thank you. If you’re considering relocating your home or business to Minot, or simply thinking about a visit -- please do! Once you’re here, you’ll know exactly why we’re so proud of our Magic City.

Mayor's Role

Mayors in modern council communities (or chairpersons in counties) are key political leaders and policy developers. In the case of the Council, the Mayor is responsible for soliciting citizen views in forming these policies and interpreting them to the public. The Mayor presides at Council meetings, serves as a spokesperson for the community, facilitates communication and understanding between elected and appointed officials, assists the Council in setting goals and advocating policy decisions, and serves as a promoter and defender of the community. In addition, the Mayor serves as the primary ceremonial leader and a key representative in intergovernmental relations.  

Other responsibilities include:

• Recommends appointments of all boards and committees for Council approval

 • Executes all contracts on behalf of the City, after approval by the City Council 

• Represents the City on local, state and national levels 

• Has a voting stake in all actionable decisions