Did Sioux Falls Mayor TenHaken’s Deputy COS get demoted?

It is pretty unclear.

After T.J. Nelson receives a massive raise this year, he gets a different title, yet, as you notice from the graphic, continues to receive the same pay scale.

So why the title change? But not the pay scale change? Not sure. Some would argue that it wasn’t a demotion because his pay remained the same. But many do not know how the games of city hall are played.

The very unofficial rumor going around City Hall and from my various moles there is that T.J. torqued off the wrong person, so this was a little slap on the wrist. Not sure if I believe that, because as I understand it, he has evenly spread his urine to various bowls of Wheaties at city hall.

If he is still receiving the same pay with the same massive raise, was he really punished or was he rewarded for taking a lump for the mayor? Common sense would tell you that there is no good reason to change someone’s title if you are not changing their pay or role. This is all about politics folks.

As I warned you, in a time of crisis, this is the time we must watch government the closest, because they will pull these little hat tricks behind closed doors, while we are watching the distraction of the shiny ball or the latest virus closing down our telephone booth casinos.

Oh, the drama of a small prairie town. I sometimes feel like I still live in Parkston.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.23.20 at 9:14 pm

Maybe the mayor finally discovered T.J.’s Facebook page.

#2 D@ily Spin on 03.23.20 at 9:55 pm

Tricks are buddy type because there’s no review. It’s a small prairie type town practice but this city is top 50 metro area. Id like to be a Tener friend if it’s a 6 figure salary. Demote me later so you can friend another. I can wear wood shoes or what if I find you a lady? The way this works is disgusting.

#3 D@ily Spin on 03.24.20 at 12:01 pm

There’s gonna be a huge budget shortfall. The mall is closed. People aren’t spending. The city lives on sales tax. There should be permanent layoffs. The mayor wanting an innovation director but no COS is foolish. How about a hiring freeze and a review of which employees are essential.

#4 D@ily Spin on 03.24.20 at 12:05 pm

If you fire enough people, you can build another half completed parking ramp

#5 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.24.20 at 12:27 pm

As chaos builds, maybe the Bunker Ramp will become a good safe haven for some.

#6 Marco on 03.24.20 at 2:38 pm

Daily Spin – when did Sioux Falls become a top-50 metro?

#7 LJL on 03.25.20 at 8:47 pm

Maybe he’s just making room for more overpaid do nothings.