Does it pay to be on the NSP Energy board?

Last night at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting, Councilor Kiley recused himself from voting on items #21-22 that have to do with Northern States Power. I do know that councilors in the past have served on some kind of board with the energy company, so it was wise of him to recuse himself.

Usually these boards have some kind of compensation to be on them, or at the least compensate for travel/lodging and meeting time. A state official has said that Kiley is NOT being paid to be on the board, which seems a little strange. Would you serve on an energy board without pay out of the goodness of your heart? And if you were not getting paid to be on the board, what’s the point in recusal?

It just doesn’t add up. If anyone has a link showing the board members and compensation, that would be helpful.


#1 Matthew Paulson on 04.10.19 at 1:45 pm

Some people like to serve on non-profit and community boards as volunteer work. This shouldn’t be a surprise to you or anyone.

#2 l3wis on 04.10.19 at 2:15 pm

The Board of the Butterfly House or The Banquet is different then a Governmental board for an Energy Company, and you know it.

#3 Blasphemo on 04.10.19 at 3:22 pm

My g*d, Paulson. Is there any wonder you’re so deserving of a very public pie in the face? So many of your attempts at debate amount to pathetic whataboutisms. And to think you’ve reproduced. Aren’t we the lucky ones.

#4 Matthew Paulson on 04.10.19 at 3:45 pm

What makes it different exactly? How is volunteering to serve on a city board any different than volunteering on a local non-profit board? People care about our community/city/state and want to help through board service on organizations they care about.

#5 l3wis on 04.10.19 at 4:26 pm

MP – What part don’t you understand? This isn’t a government board or non-profit board, this is a BOARD of a FOR-PROFIT Energy company. They are NOT the same.

BTW, someone asked me the other day if you ever settled your non-compete lawsuit with your former employer.

#6 Matthew Paulson on 04.10.19 at 6:34 pm

Councilor Kiley serves on a non-compensated advisory board of a for-profit company. These types of boards are usually to get community feedback/input or to educate community members about what an organization does. They are typically unpaid or offer a token payment ($50-$100 per month). Business community members see these boards in the same light that they do non-profit boards and community boards. It’s a way to give back, be part of the conversation and network with other business people. I know this because I’ve served on an advisory board for a for-profit company with other business leaders.

Scott, this is a classic example of why people don’t take you seriously. You provide some generally useful commentary on a story. You make a questionable assumption about the facts surrounding that story. You then say something doesn’t smell right and claim that something fishy must be going on. In reality, it’s usually just that you simply do not understand the facts of the situation and haven’t bothered to look into them. When someone calls you out on your bullshit, you either tell them they’re stupid because they don’t see things your way or try to find a way to personally attack them. Your chorus of minions then attacks anyone that offers a contrary opinion to the South DaCola party line.

Regarding the lawsuit, it was settled years ago and amounted to nothing. Pretty much every successful business owner in the world gets sued at some point. If I don’t get sued again in the next 5-10 years, I would be very surprised. It’s part of the territory. Congratulations on finding an old Argus Leader article though.

#7 l3wis on 04.10.19 at 8:03 pm

I simply asked the question, does he get paid? No BS here, but quite a bit from you, because you didn’t even answer the question. Would it have been so difficult to explain that to the good citizens of SF before stepping out on the vote? Oh, BTW, I sit on an advisory board for NSP that gives me a small compensation. Nope the same BS from another rubber stamper on the council, just get up and hide in the other room for no apparent reason.

BTW, I believe another successful business was suing you as an individual who broke their non-compete agreement, but you couldn’t resist to put a BS spin on it, could you?

#8 Lora Hubbel on 04.16.19 at 10:23 am

Energy? you mean the mode and measure SD conducts all its corruption? I mean like stealing land for their power or pipe lines and condemning “dirty” property only to have the Super fund “clean” it for “free” and them buy it back for pennies on the dollar value. Heck… Energy is huge if you invest in it. China really wants our energy and I believe we have enough unscrupulous politicians willing to sell it to them (not that that is wrong…its just the people should benefit not the unscrupulous politicians and their cronies)