City’s Chief Propaganda Specialist is jumping off the S.S. Huether with the rest of them

First it was the special projects manager, than the building services director, than the fire chief, than the city attorney, than the finance director now the communications person;

After more than five years of service to the City of Sioux Falls, Communications Specialist Heather Hitterdal has announced her resignation effective May 15, 2018.

“Heather has been a large component in our success, and I have been so fortunate to work alongside her. We have changed the way that Sioux Falls government communicates with our people, and we certainly have been aggressive getting the word out. I wish her nothing but the best in life, and serving with her till the end of my term is a blessing and an honor,” says Mayor Mike Huether.

She certainly has been aggressive getting the ‘propaganda’ out, but the facts seemed to have slipped through her fingers from time to time. I figured out Heather early on when she had to tattle-tail to her boss that Joe Sneve was having a beer with me at Monks. I think I literally saw her texting the mayor right after she saw us together.

Hopefully some other directors in the administration will make it easier for the next mayor and quit now while they are ahead, specifically the Planning Director, Information Services, Health Director, Parks Director and Police chief. After the runoff candidates are announced Tuesday night I expect more resignations and probably even more after the new mayor is elected on May 1st.

If I was in the document shredding business, I would certainly be calling on city hall right now.


#1 LJL on 04.09.18 at 6:05 pm

In all fairness, this is not unusual. Why wait to be fired?

Also, do you consider sitting on an adjacent stool “having a beer” with you? And I doubt he cared.

#2 James on 04.09.18 at 7:29 pm

With the construction of the new Administration building I understand the management has made the decision to use the 30+ spaces in the lower level for their own personal vehicle parking during the day. It would make more sense to have the 30+ City owned vehicles protected. In the evenings the parking level of the new building would be empty and the City owned vehicles would be parked in the ramps subject to the elements, vandalism and theft. I haven’t heard

#3 D@ily Spin on 04.09.18 at 7:52 pm

Amazing how this is playing out. Nobody wants to get caught. Everybody is guilty. I expect the lizard city clerk (Geeko) will come slithering out too but not before he’s rigged the election.

#4 l3wis on 04.09.18 at 8:53 pm

LJL – I invited Joe to have a beer with me. And, the mayor did care, because the next time he talked to Joe he chewed his ass about having a beer with me.

James, I kind of figured all along they were going to use it for personal parking. But you are right, it should only be city vehicles.

#5 Canadian on 04.09.18 at 11:03 pm

You call for these directors to resign when you have absolutely no clue about what the real play is. It’s a far cry from your crusty keyboard. You have no skin in the game. You throw bombs from afar from the comfort of this pathetic blog. How brave of you. Get a life.

#6 Jeff Barth on 04.10.18 at 7:46 am

Brave of you to blog under your real name.
Are you going to lose your job with a new mayor in office?

#7 l3wis on 04.10.18 at 8:47 am

JB, all day everyday. I get accused of being a coward by a bunch of anon wussies.

As for ‘skin in the game’ – every time I pay a tax in this city, I have skin in the game. The directors work for the public, something some of them forget from time to time. Sometimes they get friendly reminders, sometimes they get early retirement, sometimes they get a pink slip. That’s life.

#8 Thomas on 04.10.18 at 8:57 am

I have skin in this game as a taxpayer. I am all for some replacements as a new administration takes hold; BUT, if you think that SFPD Chief Matt Burns needs to go, you are have no grasp on reality!

#9 l3wis on 04.10.18 at 9:40 am

I’m good with keeping Matt on the SFPD I just don’t think he is qualified to be chief. Really doesn’t matter what I think anyway, I don’t think any of the candidates have said they will get rid of him.

#10 LJL on 04.10.18 at 12:23 pm

Alright, I’ll believe your story.

#11 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.10.18 at 12:26 pm

Soon, we may all be led by “Leadership Teams.” A kitchen with too many chefs, that all wear sinister black cloaks…. It will be interesting….and perhaps DSU can help too…..

#12 Lemming on 04.10.18 at 4:25 pm

With Heather leaving will we still be subjected to 11 news releases a day? Press conferences about nothing and lets not forget the dreaded and pointless TOP10 lists.

#13 MK on 04.10.18 at 7:25 pm

If being a taxpayer means I have skin in the game, I agree with Dacola. Huether doesn’t have a good record with appointing directors.

Huether appointed people he could control or as favors to friends, not people who were the most qualified for the job.

A finance director who had to triple the number of employees to do the job after upgrading to a “more efficient” software system? He quit anyway, problem solved.

A health director who their kids went to school together and defends a private ambulance company profits over the care the citizens get?

Allegedly fired a library director for taking care of her library buildings when central services maintenance people weren’t doing it?

Speaking of central services, is Sire working? What do the employees think of the job I.T. or facilities has done over the last 8 years.

A pedophile for fire chief with a court date that got magically pushed until after the election. Huether can’t have bad press for his puppets running for Mayor/Council.

A Project manager that managed one project her entire time with the city. At least we got that $1 million back, oh wait, never mind.

If I were the incoming Mayor, I would reinterview every single director Huether appointed. I believe there is a more qualified person than the ones he appointed in almost every case.

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