The Bunker Ramp, the gift that keeps giving

So we hire someone with (several) conflicts of interest and we have to make new ordinances to tamp them down. Dumb.

Guidelines for dealing with conflicts of interests between auditors and city staff who oversee parking first need to be in place, said Councilor Greg Neitzert, who chairs the city’s audit committee.

“First we need to get the conflict of interest policy in place. Then you can start the process of who’s going to run point on (an audit),” Neitzert said. 

When Shana Nelson was hired as internal audit manager for the city last year, officials stated then that should the parking system ever be audited, Nelson wouldn’t be a part of that work. Nelson is married to Sioux Falls Parking Manager Matt Nelson.

Gee, Councilor ‘Friends and Family Plan’ wasn’t this brought up when we were basically moving Shana from one department to another? It seems we will never get to the bottom of what the Hell is going on with the parking department and Bunker Ramp.

I’m not sure a policy needs to be in place, maybe we should just hire someone who doesn’t have a conflict. Though I will admit that I have been impressed with Shana’s professionalism in the audits she has presented so far. Maybe she really is a ‘Rock Star’?

I have also been made aware that Greg pulled this from his sanitized butt and other councilors/members on the audit committee had no idea he was going to propose this and first found out about it reading the article.

Like the hiring of Nelson, I guess Greg thinks the audit committee is his little dictatorship. It’s good to be King.


#1 SL on 01.02.20 at 8:00 pm

I still feel that Greg is being groomed for a Mayoral run

#2 The Guy from Guernsey on 01.02.20 at 9:21 pm

Well, there it is!
Another addition to include among the list of accomplishments by ‘the rest of the council’.
– Disregard clear conflict of interest in approving hiring of an auditor, only to return to develop guideline and policy to deal with that same conflict of interest.

#3 The Guy from Guernsey on 01.02.20 at 9:28 pm

Neitzert proving that he is the type of person who requires a guideline or policy to direct him toward ethical governance.

#4 D@ily Spin on 01.03.20 at 9:58 am

The Bunker ramp can be practical. It’s the downtown dinosaur for the sculpture walk. It’s a good place to hang election banners. Neitzert can get his name on something. Put Huether plaques inside and implode it. I’ll pay to see that.

#5 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 01.03.20 at 11:17 am

Did everyone watch one of ThuneHakens most recent videos? He sounded more like a candidate for congress than a sitting mayor. I think he is going to go Buttigieg on us without any PRIDE.

If so, then Neitzert can run for mayor and Matt can run his campaign.

I believe it was Neitzert who was once against the Administration building before he was for it, too; and now he’s for ethics as well.

#6 Plausible Deniability on 01.03.20 at 1:39 pm

T.G.F.G.: you NAILED it. Let’s all remember that Neitzert voted against text/email restrictions during Council meetings. Another example of precisely the kind of elected official for whom we NEED codified guidelines, one whose mission creep has slithered past good judgement and fundamental ethics under the guise of “forward-thinking.” He’s always ready with the “This is a solution in search of a problem.” NEITZERT is the problem. If it’s not his idea, it can’t be a good one. He championed this “Rock Star” internal auditor candidate without regard to the subsequent “Guidelines for dealing with conflicts of interests between auditors and city staff who oversee parking…” that her appointment now makes necessary. Now here we are with another impediment to swift government action. Julian Beaudion are you taking notes? You’ve been handed a loaded gun to bury this bowlcut OCD dunce at election time!