Sue Roust to be considered for interim city clerk but the SF YPN doesn’t really need her, they are taking this election on the road

Looks like the former county auditor may be pulled out of retirement (Image: KELO-TV)

Item # 26


WHEREAS, Section 2.08 of the Charter of the City of Sioux Falls authorizes the City Council to appoint an officer of the City who shall have the title of Interim City Clerk;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF SIOUX FALLS, SD: That it approves the following City Council appointment:

Sue Roust, Interim City Clerk

Pursuant to SDCL 9-19-13, this Resolution is made in support of the municipal government and its existing public institutions, and shall become effective upon passage and publication.

This is sort of a relief. Sue is an excellent candidate to fill in as city clerk.

The first thing I would like Sue to check out (if she gets appointed) is these recommendations by the YPN (Young Professionals Network/a division of the SF Chamber) Steering committee;

While I think it should be easier to vote, I don’t think this should become a road show. Having 41 extra days to vote at the county courthouse before the election, is plenty of time. Besides, they are young professionals, with their carefree lifestyles, don’t they have time to cruise over in their Range Rovers to the courthouse and vote? Heck, most of them even work downtown. Here is a copy of the entire email: ypnsc

Dr. Kermit Staggers wrote a wonderful piece about Owen yesterday;

While power politics prevailed in this case, ultimately the integrity and courage of Owen won out. When given the final option of resigning or being fired, she refused to resign. After all, she had done nothing wrong. We need more people of integrity and class in city government such as Debra Owen, not fewer.

I would have to agree.


#1 Scott on 09.29.11 at 12:42 pm

Wow, these guys are brain surgeons.

Can we just put an end to unneeded press conferences in this town?

#2 Alice15 on 09.29.11 at 2:02 pm

If I were the Chamber or YPN, I wouldn’t touch signing up voters, absentee voting, etc with a 10 foot pole. Obviously they have forgotten how that can go awry very quickly as it did a few years ago.

#3 l3wis on 09.29.11 at 2:10 pm

Alice, I would agree. Here is the press conference;

#4 Joan on 09.29.11 at 8:44 pm

You don’t even have to go to the courthouse to vote, you can have absentee ballot mailed to you. I voted about 10PM last night.

#5 l3wis on 09.29.11 at 8:56 pm

Joan, I think people understand that. That, isn’t the point. If you are handicapped or cannot drive, totally understandable. They are talking about young professionals here. There is no reason they can’t get their asses down to the courthouse to vote, they have 40 days.

#6 Poly43 on 09.29.11 at 11:14 pm

There is no reason they can’t get their asses down to the courthouse to vote, they have 40 days.

Not if you spend your free time at Stogeez with your Stepford girlfriend and her designer dog stuffed in her Gucci purse. 🙂

In some ways, I hope these upwardly mobile wannabes get their way. In 2016 when the real numbers rear their ugly head, they’ll want Mikeys head on a stake.

#7 Poly43 on 09.29.11 at 11:24 pm

Debra was railroaded out. Sue, on the other hand makes sense in this debacle…if there is such a thing. She championed something I always felt just did not feel right to me. Still stinks if you ask me.

#8 l3wis on 09.30.11 at 5:29 am

Interesting you bring this fellar up. Used have to deal with him for printing years ago, I also had a friend that had a job with him for a short period of time. No surprise he runs this type of business.

“her designer dog stuffed in her Gucci purse.”

LOL! I was walking by one night and a girl had one of those fluff ball dogs in her lap at Stogeez.

#9 Pathloss on 09.30.11 at 9:42 am

Owen was railroaded. She stood her ground but in the end could not fight Marxist city government. Home Rule must go. There must be a return to democracy.

#10 Analog Tape on 09.30.11 at 12:25 pm

There’s a thought there. Why do we always end up with these stiffs in city government (not talking about Kermit or Owen). Omaha had a state senator for many years who always showed up in a white T-shirt. We need more jack of all trade types in there but ones of the more curious type willing to risk everything to dig and get to the bottom of things. Sort of a Columbo with a BJ McKay since of duty…

#11 john on 09.30.11 at 8:43 pm

Interesting how the city passes a new 10 million tax gives it to Chamber and then spends it on election.

#12 john on 09.30.11 at 8:44 pm

2 million

#13 l3wis on 09.30.11 at 10:00 pm

Yeah, I caught that to john. (I assume you are referring to the increase in room fees).

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