SF Councilor Not Supporting Mayor’s Most Recent Appointment

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As Mayor Paul TenHaken works on finalizing his team, one Sioux Falls City Council member is not happy with his most recent appointment. This councilor is making sure her voice is heard before next week’s vote.

Councilor Theresa Stehly is voicing her concerns about, Jason Reisdorfer, who TenHaken appointed as the Director of Innovation and Technology earlier this week.

“At this point I have many many reservations,” says Stehly.

These reservations stem from what Stehly says were past difficulties with Reisdorfer when he was on the Parks Board. The importance of this position has caused Stehly to speak out.

“Because I think the IT Department is the heartbeat of our community, of our government.. We need someone with the utmost integrity steering the ship on this thing,” says Stehly.

“He’s perfect. He’s exactly what we need for this new department in the city,” says TenHaken.

TenHaken has all the confidence in his selection.

“What we really need in that role is someone who has the demonstrable experience solving tough challenges through innovative strategies. Jason’s been doing that in the private sector,” says TenHaken.

Moving forward the mayor wants to sit down and simply talk.

“My request multiple times was to see if this councilor would meet with Jason and I, so we could talk and get to know each other, and that request was not accepted,” says TenHaken.

Stehly says she has no intention of talking with Reisdorfer.

“Because I know who Jason is and I know our track record, so I just don’t feel comfortable supporting him,” says Stehly.

“It’s unfortunate that a councilor just wants to make noise and has false accusations about Jason.  I can’t wait to get through next Tuesday so we can get to work,” says TenHaken.

TenHaken told KDLT that he’s only heard concern regarding this appointment from Stehly. The council will vote on the position at next Tuesday’s meeting.

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