City councilor voices concerns over mayor's IT pick

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Dueling press conferences were held Thursday over Mayor Paul TenHaken's pick to head the city's Innovation and Technology Department.

City Councilor Theresa Stehly claims in his position on the city's Parks Board Jason Reisdorfer was secretive about plans to change the management companies for the city's golf courses and got into a social media argument with Stehly where he called her a "liar."

"But now with the proposal to put Jason in charge of all the communications that the the public will get and pay him $190,000, I needed to step up and express my concerns," she said.

Just before 4 p.m., Mayor TenHaken asked reporters to come to his office to discuss the situation.

"There's certain times in public service when you get challenged in your positions, and I shouldn't say certain times, I should say about every hour and it happens," he said. "And when that happens you have to be thick-skined and prepared to be challenged, and when someone challenges you it doesn't mean you're instantly against them or not for them, you just have to accept that and move on."

Sioux Falls city councilors will taken up Reisdorfer's appointment next Tuesday as their regularly scheduled meeting.