Board of Ethics looking into complaint against City Councilman
Friday afternoon, the Board of Ethics heard a complaint filed against Sioux Falls City Councilman Jim Entenman. It's investigating Entenman because he owns a building near the Sioux Falls Arena, which is one of the proposed sites for an events center.
Board of Ethics members say there are a lot of unanswered questions so they're hiring an investigator with the Sioux Falls Police Department to determine if this is a conflict of interest.
This is what was filed on May 2nd. Steve Hildrebrand with the "Build it Downtown" group filed the complaint against council member Jim Entenman. Entenman owns property on Burnside Street, which is more than a few blocks from the arena location. Many of you might remember the building he owns is the old J&L Harley Davidson. We talked with Entenman who says he's owned the building for more than 20 years. The city attorney was at today's meeting and says once the board gets the information it needs, members will figure out if there was a violation.
"All of the investigative reports, the parties and other evidence will be presented to the Board of Ethics at it's next meeting and then the board will make a determination whether there is probable cause to believe a violation of the city ordinance has occurred," Sioux Falls City Attorney, Dave Pfeifle said.
There has not been a date set for the next meeting, which is expected to be scheduled in two weeks.