If you didn’t believe my claims of cruise control government here is one more reason to believe;

Sioux Falls City Councilor Marshall Selberg will return to his role as chairman of the body in his final year behind the dais.

The second-term city councilor, who terms out of office in spring 2024, is expected to be selected as chairman of the Council Tuesday by his peers at Carnegie Town Hall.

It’s anticipated first-term Councilor Rich Merkouris will be tapped to serve as vice chair.

While it should be NO surprise the council figures out who will be in leadership before the vote, they usually don’t go running to the media before a vote is even taken. I heard about a week ago that Jensen was NOT going to be tapped for council chair and he was okay with it. The back door plan was to put Selberg back in the role to not only block Jensen but Starr from the position.

In fact, there was so much chatter about it, I am not surprised Dakota Scout did a story about it. But the real story is that the council was very adamant about NOT having Jensen serve as council chair and Selberg was the backup plan.

Personally I think all the cattle wrangling could have been done out in the open and this deciding leadership in advance and running to the media before a vote is taken is unacceptable. I hope at least ONE councilor mentions the media link before the vote.

As I have said in the past; these folks know how to win elections, just not what to do once they have attained victory.

13 Thoughts on “Sioux Falls City Council announces new leadership before the vote

  1. scott on May 16, 2023 at 8:28 am said:

    why didn’t they want jensen?

  2. Mike Lee Zitterich on May 16, 2023 at 8:35 pm said:

    The City Council is in a major “transition period” – by the year 2024, we will have turned over 7 chairs since the 2020 election beginning when Jenson beat Stehly, then Merkouris, Barranco, and Cole this past year, and we will be replacing Selberg, Nietzert, and Starr in 2024. Most likely Jenson will be the “Chair” after the next Election during his first year of his second term. The Council is heavily in the midst of a major transition of which it is moving back to the RIGHT or becoming more conservative, and it will be Jenson who will lead that new council from 2024 to 2026.

  3. l3wis on May 16, 2023 at 11:14 pm said:

    “The Council is heavily in the midst of a major transition of which it is moving back to the RIGHT or becoming more conservative, and it will be Jenson who will lead that new council from 2024 to 2026.”

    Mike, I call major BS on that. These folks are NOT conservatives in the political sense, they belong to the party of greedy bastards (still waiting for this party to emerge, of course the Republicans would conveniently shorten the name of the party to ‘Greed Tards’. Speaking of crazy name changes, I had this idea that the Hartford Chamber of Commerce should make T-shirts that say on the front ‘Hartford Rocks!’ and on the back it would say ‘Let’s Go Brandon’).

    Either way Mike, I try to give you the benefit of the doubt, but you really struggle with confusing conservatism and just flat out greed and corruption. There is a difference.

  4. scott on May 17, 2023 at 7:36 am said:

    the ripple chips couldn’t win a school board election. they will have no influence on a city election.

  5. conservative? i think not. on May 17, 2023 at 8:24 am said:

    the most fiscally conservative member, since the time he’s been on the council, is the democrat starr. the so-called “‘republicans,” including the mayor, are the most liberal when it comes to raising taxes and they all have a strong belief in corporate welfare. jensen is a smart-assed tool who looks to be firmly in the pocket of developers…who, according to our republican council members to “deserve” tax breaks and over priced bridges.

  6. The Guy From Guernsey on May 17, 2023 at 9:41 am said:

    yah MLZ, the City Council is most certainly NOT conservative, fiscally or otherwise. Nor is it moving right.
    The group running this City spends money hand over fist. They spend money for initiatives far-removed from the basic and proper role of a municipal government.
    As another poster noted, this group embraces corporate handouts, in addition to laundering government money to the pockets of private individuals through the labrynth of ‘non-profits’ and other NGOs.
    This group apparently believes that government must own property in order that development can proceed … so much so that the Mayor is actually comfortable publically confessing about his negotiations to ‘buy out’ property holders. It is most certainly NOT a premise of conservatism that the proper role of a municipal government to buy land from the “landowners”.
    You have conflated membership to the Sioux Falls social club of RaR (Registered as Republican) with a (former?) trait of a political ideology.

  7. The Guy From Guernsey on May 17, 2023 at 8:56 pm said:

    Las Vegas (or Grand Falls) odds that Jensen bails after one term?

  8. Warren Phear on May 18, 2023 at 7:14 am said:

    If jensen was in line for the leadership role, and is no longer in line, what has he done to get himself thrown under the bus? From my view he has appeared as the perfect kind of tool the development class wants.

  9. scott on May 18, 2023 at 1:04 pm said:

    to hear alex spit and sputter on tv, i’d guess he isn’t very smart.

  10. Steve on May 20, 2023 at 7:34 am said:

    Which one of these puppets will attempt a run for Mayor? Always interesting to see how the election is influenced by developers and how much money is spent to get someone elected to do their bidding.

  11. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on May 20, 2023 at 7:23 pm said:

    What goes on in Grand Falls stays in Grand Falls. But what about Rowena?

  12. Sioux Falls Politician on May 21, 2023 at 7:19 pm said:

    Sioux Falls originated by two homestead claims just as others have stated here. Landowners and Property Owners control the city and rightfully so, and that fact alone means they and the people they contract with have the greater influence in the city. Thank You, Thomas.

  13. Steve on May 22, 2023 at 7:09 pm said:

    Anyone but Mike for Mayor! (Huether or Zitterich)

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