City of Sioux Falls ‘Code Enforcement’ attorney wants to be the next Minnehaha County State’s Attorney

To say I laughed a little when I heard this would be an understatement;

Paul is currently an Attorney for the City of Sioux Falls, primarily representing the Public Works Department though he’s held various roles in the City Attorney’s Office working with Code Enforcement, Economic Development, Real Estate, Civil Litigation, Planning and Zoning, the Health Department and Human Resources.

Paul was the lead attorney trying to convict Cameraman Bruce for a public nuisance charge over his garlic and raspberries in his backyard (they called them weeds). I attended the trial. To say Bengford ‘lost’ the case is an understatement. Judge Cutler ruled in Danielson’s favor. She said something like, “Mr. Danielson enjoys working in his yard, there is no legal barriers on that.” But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Before the trial, Bruce was jailed for several hours on a ‘penny bond’ right before he was to testify at public input at the city council meeting about the whacked events center siding. We don’t need this person as our state’s attorney, we need him out of public service all together.



7 comments ↓

#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 12.19.19 at 8:13 pm

So, an attorney who oversees building permits, and most likely never recommended a referral to the State’s Attorney office for a potential criminal negligence issue due to a Facebook posting, where a local contractor bragged about taking down a load bearing wall without proper permits and at the lethal detriment to anyone possibly in the presence of that compromised load bearing wall, now wants to be our State’s Attorney? WTF?

( and Woodstock adds: “We already have one Barr, we don’t need an other”…)

#2 JANNELLE CAIN on 12.19.19 at 8:59 pm

Why can’t I ever post a response on my Android phone,??? I have to be sitting in my laptop! It drives me nuts?!!!!
Thanks you

#3 SL on 12.19.19 at 9:31 pm

Wouldn’t it be interesting if PTH helped raise campaign funds for city attorney Kooistra to run for state’s attorney.

#4 D@ily Spin on 12.19.19 at 9:52 pm

This guy has never won a case mostly because the city charter is unconstitutional. When you can’t win at anything, you should audition for a role as the dumb guy in Hangover movies. I’m sure the city attorney will be glad to see him go. He fills 2 chairs and must be downwind from others in the office.

#5 load of crap on 12.20.19 at 7:45 am

Bengford was the in control building services – code enforcement attorney in 2016 when the Copper Lounge violated asbestos removal laws and did not do anything to go after Legacy or Hultgren.

Bengford was the in control building services – code enforcement attorney in 2016 when the Copper Lounge fell to the ground and did not do anything to go after Legacy or Hultgren.

Bengford was the in control building services – code enforcement attorney going after small business contractors for perceived violations when in fact the contractors would not do special favors for the inspectors especially. If they complain, the penalties increase.

Bengford was the in control building services – code enforcement attorney who broke agreements and prosecuted even after all commitments were met.

#6 scott on 12.20.19 at 10:38 am

when you are an unqualified goof, be sure to say “republican” at least 5 times in order to get the vote.

#7 The Guy from Guernsey on 12.21.19 at 11:21 am

scott,
yep.
But you can’t argue against the result of that tactic (see also, Litz, Robert A.).