Innovation Director steps down from city of Sioux Falls

It seems Jason is moving on to start a new business. The only thing that surprises me is that he lasted this long, I said this when he was hired;

While I hope he does good things, and I think he probably has some good ideas, otherwise Paul wouldn’t be so Gung Ho in hiring him, I think he will become easily frustrated and probably not make it very long in city government. But I wish him well in the short time he will be working for us.

I predicted he would last about a year. What is frustrating as a taxpayer is that during his tenure he never accomplished the goal of fixing transit. Now mind you, this is not a easy task, but it has gone in the wrong direction. But what has been even more frustrating is that in the short 15 months he worked for the city he flew all over the country receiving training from various organizations. While it is true that some of these orgs paid for the trips, he was still getting a salary while attending them, and now he gets to add it to his resume instead of benefitting us.

Jason said this in February of this year;

It motivated him alright, to find another job. I have no doubt his assistant and former Click Rain employee Allie Hartzler will probably get his job. As with most things city government, very, very, very predictable. I think the mayor has known about this for awhile.



38 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 12.30.19 at 9:02 pm

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Trumpdom everywhere you go’. Trumps’ original cabinet was generals who since resigned. Now, it’s whomever needs something better than unemployment until they find something better. Failure is something a mayor doesn’t have to admit until they are not re-elected. I still blame Huether. His damage will take several mayors to stabilize.

#2 "Woodstock" on 12.30.19 at 11:17 pm

‘….and the neighborhood I reside in….’

“Is he a Tauper?’….’I just knew he was a Tauper”…..

#3 rufusx on 12.31.19 at 9:23 am

Complain if they leave too soon – complain if they stay too long. Goldilocks looking for the “just right” one.

#4 Let's Not Make This Mistake Again! on 12.31.19 at 10:52 am

Word of Advice to the Mayor:

Jason Reisdorfer (with his H.S. diploma) was in way over his head beginning with Day One.

I believe there are many long-term, experienced city employees who had to work alongside him and/or report to him who are relieved about his quick departure.

This is especially true when it comes to Public Transit.

SF Citizens who rely on our public transit for both their work lives and personal lives, do not care about BHAGS, human-centered design and Mike Bloomberg’s Harvard City Leadership Initiative!

If PTH promotes Allie Hartzler into Jason Reisdorfer’s position, he will be making the same mistake for a Second Time!

She also is in way over her head when it comes to revamping public transit.

No Credentials, No Experience.

#5 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 12.31.19 at 12:18 pm

Say, how do they plan to make on-demand busing work during the school year?

#6 "Woodstock" on 12.31.19 at 1:20 pm

“Uh, bus driver, you could you write a note for me as to why I am late for school?”

#7 l3wis on 12.31.19 at 1:21 pm

Ruf, I could care less either way, my point was that in the short time he was working for the taxpayers he flew al over the country and had little to show for it, just like his boss. I have also heard there was pressure on PTH to cut him loose, not sure if that is true or matters since he keeps that clown around TJ in which everyone has complained about.

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 12.31.19 at 2:21 pm

!!!! NON GERMANE ALERT !!!!!!!!

The residential roads suck! I personally do not care for our current “Road Culture.”

#9 scott on 12.31.19 at 4:04 pm

what would mathew paulson tell alex jensen to say?

#10 D@ily Spin on 12.31.19 at 4:41 pm

Innovation is getting the public to pay your travel expenses to/from job interviews. Brilliant!

#11 Conservative Here on 12.31.19 at 4:52 pm

I am always confused when people on this blog refer to others they dont like or agree with as “Living in Taupe houses” or “Only having a HS Diploma”.

Living “south of 57th” which many do including me, should have no bearing on what kind of leader, employee, person, etc you are. This is such a stupid thing to say constantly and at times I wonder if this thought process is born out of Envy. This comment is stupid, give it up as your just showing your disdain for anyone who has been able to rub more than 2 nickles together or at least that is they way I am taking it.

Only having a HS degree – A college education is not all its cracked up to be and it doesn’t mean your smart or enlightened. It just means in most cases you can pass a bunch of worthless classes. I currently work in IT and have for many years and I have worked with both College grads and High School grads. I have found smart accomplished people at both levels. A college education cannot teach drive, critical thinking (look at this generation now) skills, or work ethic. There are many very smart and successful people without college Degrees. I believe Michael Dell and Steve Jobs were both college drop outs and I am sure there is a long list of successful High School only grads. So my point is stop being an elitist snob because thats what you sound like when you say “Only HS Grad”.

#12 Not a Taupster on 12.31.19 at 8:34 pm

CH,

The taupe syndrome has now creeped into the area north of 57th, too, I am afraid. Which is an area, where I “rub more than 2 nickles together.”

The Taupe Housing Society of Conformity speaks loudly of the complacency and obedience which too many middle and upper middle income class Americans have today; and says much as to why a president can pay off a porn star without suffering political damage, or plowing streets can be allowed to be a bother and not a duty. I could go on, but I think you catch my drift, snow or not.

Slowly, Americans are being asked to live in Pullman towns and the color of their homes may be merely symbolic, but so are unplowed streets and porn star girlfriends as to what is really going on behind the symbols.

Oh, and now the developers are trying to sell us taupe homes without basements (to save costs) in a town that recently sported three tornadoes in one night. Not to mention, that they are no longer testing the sirens on a monthly basis anymore, either. I guess we now know who and how some are running this town, and I bet most of them live in taupe homes south of 57th, too.

#13 "Woodstock" on 12.31.19 at 8:45 pm

“….’and I bet most of them live in taupe homes south of 57th, too'”……”And where the sirens last reportedly worked, I might add”…… 😉

#14 The Guy from Guernsey on 01.01.20 at 12:38 am

Very expensive error by PTH. The Minister of Innovation departs before putting into practice anything of value.

#15 The Guy from Guernsey on 01.01.20 at 12:42 am

BTW, as a reminder – the vote to confirm this grifter was 7-1.
What did the dissenting council member know?
And when did she know it?

‘cuz she was correct … again.

#16 Erica on 01.01.20 at 3:04 am

Woodstock, I live south of 57th, in a taupe house and yet I couldn’t afford to live downtown, east sioux falls, or in a lot of other areas in central area in this overpriced too high of property taxes for a town this size city. It is always people complaining about taupe houses south of 57th *roll eyes*

And the damn tornado siren just a few houses down from my house did not work the night the tornadoes came through.

#17 Taupers Brigade on 01.01.20 at 10:24 am

Our mayor lives in a taupe house south of 69th, nuff said

#18 Plausible Deniability on 01.01.20 at 11:18 am

L.N.M.T.M.A. : TRUTH !

#19 Conservative here on 01.01.20 at 1:30 pm

Erica – I am with you

The response to my inquiry about Taupe Houses is one of the most asinine responses I have seen on these posts. You people are overcomplicating this and generalizing people who live South of 57th. Regular folks who make up 99% of houses in this area moved here for a quiet place to live with low crime and a place our kids can play on a safe quiet street. You wouldn’t catch me attempting to live anywhere near downtown or in neighborhoods like the 16th and Prarie. These used to be nice neighborhoods now they are dumpy houses with a bunch of rif raf. Yes I said that but, I call it as I see it. I grew up on 12th and Elmwood and 6th and Lewis and they were nice places to live, now complete dumps and I would never allow my kids to grow up or live in a neighborhood like that. I would move to a small rural town before I did that.

I am so amazed at how the people who supposedly call themselves Liberal or Liberal leaning seem to be the most intolerant folks around. You all paint this picture of the south of 57th citizens and folks who get together in some secret meeting to conspire against the rest of Sioux Falls to screw everyone over. You also seem to think because someone is successful they got there by screwing someone over and pissing on the working man. Let’s take the developers in SF as it’s your favorite target. Are some of them shitbags, OH YEAH they are big time. Most of the folks who build houses are small to mid-size guys and as blue-collar as they get. I also see we felt the need to bring Trump into the mix AGAIN. I hate to break this to you but, the moral decay in this country happened a long time ago and it’s not just the last 3 years so get off your high horse. If you recall Clinton was getting BJ’s from his Intern, sexual harassing Paula Jones and host of others. I don’t recall the moral outcry when your guy was screwing anything in a skirt. I believe JFK was banging Marylin Monroe and I am sure a host of others not reported. Your moral outrage seems to be so selective it’s sickening. I am always amazed we can take something as benign as what neighborhood someone resides in Sioux Falls SD and make it about Donald Trump. If you want to talk about real perverts you boy Joe Biden and his penchant for Hair sniffing, fondling little girls, and discussing how he likes to have kids play with his leg hair. Now that is a sick F@ck if I ever saw one. Lets talk about that and what kind of world we live in where he is not roasted as the pervert he is and he should be strung up by his balls. Plenty of video evidence of him on YouTube inappropriately touching people over and over again. Your pissed DTJ paid a hooker, fine have it, when are you going to speak on all these others. My guess is I doubt it because its easier to ignore your own house and point fingers at the other side of the fence. I remind you, this guy was the VP for 8 years and wants to be your nominee and president. Many news articles on him walking swimming naked and approaching his female secret service staff. That sounds like a pretty upstanding morally great guy.

I think some of you need to re-evaluate your generalizations of the south of 57th.

Hey, Erica, we can talk about this more at our “f@ck over Sioux Falls secret meeting” next week. I will bring the drinks this time, psst don’t tell anyone 🙂

#20 "Woodstock" on 01.01.20 at 1:30 pm

“Uh, Erica, the taupe is beginning to pop-up everywhere, I am afraid”….”But stand at a high point south of 57th and all you see is ‘Taupeville'”…..”It speaks of conformity and obedience”…..”And I am sorry the sirens didn’t work near you, but where they did work, was only in ‘Taupeville.'”

“On an other note, have you, or anyone, been to a furniture store lately?”….”Most of the furniture is gray now days”….”And then you walk into homes now days, too, and all of the walls are gray as well”…..”The only way I can explain all of this, is that maybe slowly the realtors are training all of us to be neutral in color, so that it is easier for them to sell our houses and move us up in an attempt to keep us ‘Up with the Joneses,’ while we remain in debt and greater debt at that” ….. #TaupeGrayConspiracyTheory 😉 #GrayIsTheNewTaupe #RoaringTwenties 🙂

#21 l3wis on 01.01.20 at 1:39 pm

I live Downtown in a $110K house I bought about 20 years ago. It is very modest, and many homes in my hood and surrounding area are very modest. I would dare say even ‘affordable’. Do they need a little TLC, sure, but it isn’t luxury living. I even have friends who live in the middle of McKennan Park area (I’m close) and they have a modest home. It’s not what it is perceived to be. There are several historic Mansions DT, but compared to the modest homes, they are drastically outnumbered.

#22 l3wis on 01.01.20 at 1:42 pm

I may be wrong, but I think what VSG refers to when he talks about the ‘Toupe’ houses is the difference in voters. There is an extreme difference in voters when you cross that Southern border in Lincoln county. We saw it in the general election with who supported Jolene and who supported TenHaken. Once you cross that line, voter perception changes like night and day. It’s not just a theory, it’s true. This is why they gerrymanders District 13 to the South so they could make it less Democrat.

#23 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.01.20 at 1:46 pm

CH,

Say what you want, but all of your ranting can be successfully rebutted with very few words.

“Taupeville” speaks to control, conformity, complacency, and obedience.

You can indict Clinton, JFK, Biden, or any other Democrat all you want, but Trump is in a league of his own. Trump is undoubtedly the greatest threat to (small “d”) democratic values since the formation of the Axis Powers in the 1930s; and if you don’t see it, then maybe things have gotten just too taupe for you.

#24 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.01.20 at 1:55 pm

“Once you cross that line, voter perception changes like night and day. It’s not just a theory, it’s true.”

Yes, I totally agree, and you could even replace the word “perception” with “suppression” and that sentence would still be very true as well. Because most super precincts seem to be pulled by a southern gravitational pull.

“This is why they gerrymanders District 13 to the South so they could make it less Democrat.”

Yes, and you could say the same with 12, too.

#25 The Guy from Guernsey on 01.01.20 at 2:31 pm

CH most certainly confuses ‘developer’ with construction contractor (or, more likely the subcontractor).
The subcontractors fit more neatly to CH’s description of blue collar.

#26 Conservative Here on 01.01.20 at 3:40 pm

Scott – Even if VSG is talking about “voters” and for the sake of argument, let’s go with that. People who vote Republican or Democrat are not monolithic blocks of people. When I think of a Democrat voter I think of 2 different kinds of people, blue dog/classic Liberal, and the progressive lunatics’ types. Sprinkled in between these 2 blocks are varying degrees of different folks. When I think of Republican voters, I also think of 2 blocks. The conservatives and the neocons and sprinkled in are also varying degrees of shapes and sizes.

If this country did away with the NeoCons and the Progressives, we would find so much in common and there would not be so much of a divide.

When we break down Sioux Falls, which I was born and raised, I think 80% of the community is just common sense voters who want a fair shake and to be left alone.

When we look at PTH vs Jolene I know many folks I talked to BEFORE the election were ok with either but, I moved away from even thinking of voting for her due to 2 things
1 – She overplayed the Voicemail from PTH. No way you can be in charge of shit if you get triggered on a VM like that. She emboddied the snowflake culture we seem to have. No thanks, hard pass after that
2 – She also kept playing up her business to be something other than picking up dog shit. Sure you send it to a lab to have it analyzed but, you’re churching up your business to be something its not.
3 – I had a very good very Liberal friend say he was supporting PTH because of these 2 things as well.

NOW, hindsight being 20/20 I would have probably voted for someone other than those 2 and many PTH supporters would have probably supported someone else. I know I will be looking for a challenger to support because he sucks and I can say I cast the wrong vote. I know I am not alone in this. I would be willing to bet many conservatives like myself voted for him because he was a successful businessman. He “seemed” sincere and talked a lot about openness, transparency, and working with everyone. I even think this blog was open to the idea of him and hoping he delivered on his promise. Many who supported him had him pegged wrong, I am big enough to admit it.

When its all said and done, people vote with their pocketbook more than anything else. When you stacked the 2 candidates up against each other, PTH ran a successful business, Jolene picked up dog shit and tried to call make it out to be something grander and Biotech’esk than it really was.

#27 Conservative Here on 01.01.20 at 4:06 pm

VSG – If you think DJT is the biggest threat to Democracy since the Axis powers I think you are delusional. I think you have bought hook line and sinker the MSM propaganda you read or observe. If you honestly don’t believe the MSM, Dems, Reps, Hollywood, and the Elite don’t want him out of office your not living in reality. No one man can bring anything down and the system is against him everywhere. Say what you want with all your rants and I can rebut them all day long as well. We just see it differently and 2020 Trump is going to clobber whoever the Dems put up and for a very simple reason. You guys have gone too far left and most Americans really don’t want that. I am taking bets and if you wnat to put your money where your mouth is I am game. I am just simply stating that you keep painting people with brushes that are too broad-based on where they live. YOU sound like you have bought into identify politics.

#28 Founder of the Chartreuse Housing Society of Conformity on 01.01.20 at 4:10 pm

If a subcontractor calls in sick, does a sub replace him? And could that sub-sub, then eat at Subway for lunch, and then, because on-demand is having a snafu, cause him to go home on the Sub to his house in the suburbs?

( and Woodstock adds: “Would this be a sub-chartreuse neighborhood, or a substantially chartreuse neighborhood?”)

#29 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.01.20 at 4:30 pm

First of all CH, I have already commented in the past that Trump will probably, and unfortunately, be re-elected. So you don’t need to lecture me on that one.

And yes, Trump is the greatest threat to democratic values since the formation of the Axis Powers. Anyone who brags about his biker friends being too nice right now, wishes that a person could punch someone at a political rally, or legitimizes Nazis, is not a friend of democratic values. #IAmJustSaying

These are very ugly times we live in now and don’t let the stock market fool you, or your taupe-ness blind you.

Plus, when Trump does eventually have to legally leave, he’ll try not to, just watch, and then how will you spin that one, huh? Let me guess, will you, or he, steal a line from Nixon during the Frost interviews, where Nixon suggested the president was above the law, because the 2nd Article gives the president ultimate power? … #MostLikely…. #WelcomeToTheRoaringTwenties

#30 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.01.20 at 4:35 pm

CH,

In response to your voter comments. Just look at recent legislative races in 12 and 13. North of 57th, Dems barely beat Republican candidates, but then add in the precincts south of 57th, and then all of sudden a convenient Cook County shows up, except that this Cook County is one of conformity and not fraud, I must admit.

( – and Woodstock adds: “They should rename it the ‘Taupe Mafia'”….)

#31 Jon on 01.01.20 at 9:00 pm

CH: I voted for PTH and completely regret doing this. My wife and I both agree we made a huge mistake supporting this guy.

I live on W 67th street, so I am sort of in that neighborhood that is being mentioned. I moved here from the first home we bought that was right next to Cleveland elementary. After watching drug deals going on in that area, people screwing in vehicles in the school parkign lot at night and other shenanigans, we ponied up the money and paid a bit under 210K for our current home which is no palace (split level, 1800 total square foot, cookie cutter looking). I came over here for peace and quiet, less crime, and a much larger yard for our little guy.

See you at the next meeting!

#32 anominous on 01.02.20 at 12:20 am

some patronage appointed bro sitting there sucking down CR = the next steve jobs cuz he didn’t go college. maybe kristi can hire him now.

#33 Erica on 01.02.20 at 10:03 am

CH, see you @ the next meeting where the topic will be how horrible everyone who DOESN’T live in a taupe colored house, as long as it is south of 57th, is compared to the rest of us.

Lewis, 110k 20yrs ago doesn’t compare to what it takes to buy a home here now, even over last 5yrs or more. We lived here in early 00s and then returned 16yrs later and was shocked that 150k was almost impossible for a home and I dont mean anything out of the ordinary, just basic 3bedroom home with garage in safe neighborhood. Not even these HGTV carbon copy bathrooms & kitchen upgrades. There should be PLENTY of good starter homes and even mid homes for less than 200k here, definitely under 250k.

(I wasn’t aware that house paint color determined so much about my life. Wonder exactly what the actual paint colors I used for the rooms INSIDE the house reflect…..hmmmmm)

#34 Plausible Deniability on 01.02.20 at 10:54 am

CH: OMG, the bountiful harvest of hypocrisy and hidebound rhetoric in the lines of your own diatribes are a feast of cut & paste stir fry with which to eviscerate your unsubstantiated assertions. Suffice to say this reader does not have time at present to craft such a delicious beat down. However, I must respect and give wide berth to the mortifying proposition that you have reproduced, and presumably have a driver’s license. The specter of you behind the wheel in opposing traffic is enough to keep me ensconced behind a locked door – trusty baseball bat at the ready – and my car tucked away safely in the garage.

#35 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.02.20 at 12:06 pm

Taupsters are fun to have around. What can I say?

#36 Conservative Here on 01.02.20 at 4:29 pm

Plausible Deniability
Well its quite apparent I will not be receiving a Christmas Card from you next year, shucks. Instead of providing a rebuttal you turned to insults and I must give you kudos on your “delectable delicious”/sarc use of vernacular.

I will just be blunt and dispense with the word salad you used to insult. You’re an Elitist Douche bag, see much more efficient. Keep Churchin it up Dirt

#37 Warren Phear on 01.02.20 at 6:04 pm

In spite of the mayor going all out to hire the best person possible, I say he hires exactly who you say he’ll hire.

https://vss.siouxfalls.org/ESS/employmentopportunities/default.aspx

#38 Let's Get It Right the Second Time Around on 01.03.20 at 12:48 pm

Conservative Here

siouxfalls.org

Director of Innovation and Technology

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, computer science, or related field with a minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in one or more of these fields. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience at a division manager level; or any such combination of education, experience, and training as may be acceptable to the hiring authority.

Hey, PTH, …..the buck stops with you….

Now hiring a Competent, Credentialed, Experienced 200k (salary/benefits) Taxpayer Funded City Director