Why did Mayor TenHaken promote his Chief Culture Officer from within city government?

So PTH hypes up this position as something that is important and needed (because I guess our HR department isn’t doing it) and thinks it is so necessary he hires from WITHIN;

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken has appointed the first-ever Chief Culture Officer.

Rena DeBoer has served the city for the past 12 years.

DeBoer most recently worked as the city’s Work Well Manager, focusing on employee health, safety, and well-being, as well as, employee engagement.

If you were just going to hire from within (and apparently someone who is already doing the job) what is the point? Oh, that’s right, Pauly likes to move checkers around on the board to make it look like he is doing something.

Unlike the last mayor who was easy to get mad at because he was a lying snake in the grass who was vindictive and greedy, Paul is just plain bizarre. It’s hard to get mad at someone you are laughing at constantly.

Maybe he will make a YouTube video in front of a black screen and say,

“Yeah, like, I hired Rena because she was already doing the job, and this was an easier way to give her a raise.”

What a ding dong (Paul, not Rena).



9 comments ↓

#1 SL on 12.11.19 at 8:48 pm

This Mayor continues to exhibit being clueless in what he does. For the sake of the city, let’s hope for just one term.

#2 Unstable genius on 12.11.19 at 9:26 pm

Serious question here. Why don’t you run for mayor? Clearly, you think you’d do much better than any mayor in recent memory. I’m honestly curious why you don’t run. Maybe it’s too much fun to constantly bitch and name call?

#3 l3wis on 12.11.19 at 9:31 pm

LOL. I have actually thought about running for mayor, but never city council. So thanks for the heads up.

#4 anominous on 12.12.19 at 10:33 am

I told you guys he would hire someone pretty for this.

#5 "Woodstock" on 12.12.19 at 1:45 pm

“I think Unstable genius should run, or has he already?”

#6 Moses6 on 12.12.19 at 2:47 pm

Wow big bucks for the lady and an over paid Mayor.

#7 The Guy from Guernsey on 12.13.19 at 10:01 am

Surprised that this hire came from within house.
A “new age” business/employee culture specialist residing as a sleeper cell agent in the bowels of city government for more than a decade!

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 12.13.19 at 11:31 am

I would like her to start by changing the culture about when and when not to plow in this town.

#9 Jack Handey's lost cousin on 12.15.19 at 4:25 pm

Is a culture perpetual, or does it have to be maintained? I ask this philosophical question, because if you hire “from within,” then what is being achieved, but the status quo?” And if the status quo is good, then what is great about “from within?” For, does a culture need to really change then? Unless, “from within” is greater than the sum of all of the other parts. But if that is the case, then could not the one among many be too great, and thus, too wise for the others? Unless the “too great,” or “too wise,” is manipulative and complete like a “merciful” rain which falls from a social media account on to the many beneath it with a narcissistic success.