No new news here, or anything revealing. Just more speculation.

I received an ANON tip today about what I said in this post.

Mike did answer one question for me (partially). Shawn Tornow has yet to have his civil service hearing. He did not tell me why there has been a delay, but he did reassure me that Tornow has not been receiving compensation or benefits since his dismissal. I joked that Tornow was the king of dragging things out. Which he did not have a response or even a smirk.

There is still people wondering if Tornow received some kind of severence. I don’t know. I do know the mayor did tell me this above and the city attorney confirmed it with a friend of mine a few days later and advised her to check with the clerk of courts because Tornow is suing the city for wrongful termination (or something like that).

I really don’t care how it turns out, but I hope the media covers it. The amount of hypocrisy this man must carry around must be pure agony for his back. To torture the very people who pay your wages then turn around and sue the taxpayers because you don’t think you should have been fired (for torturing the citizens) is so ludicrous I don’t even know where to begin.

I think this is attempt by Tornow to bring down others who participated in the code enforcement witch hunt, and he is just bitter he was the only one to be let go from his cushy job. I do agree with him on one level, there are still many people in the ranks that participated in the code enforcement debacle that should be sitting on the sideline with Tornow (or better yet a rubber room drooling on themselves). But I would assume they have a lot more Huether shit on their noses then Tornow did. I guess he should have been kissing ass instead of eating salty snacks.

I am still trying to figure out this mystery. I took another look at the civil service board’s agendas/minutes. I could find NO record of Shawn’s resignation or dismissal. Mind you, there is plenty of executive sessions, but I find it odd his name is not listed anywhere.

If you look at the minutes/agendas for 9/20/2010, 11/3/2010 and 1/5/2011 you can come up with some assumptions.

In the 9/20/2010 minutes/agenda there is no advertising listing for an assistant city attorney, but in the 11/3/2010 minutes/agenda there is.

Then in the 1/5/2011 minutes agenda there is a new hire

That would tell me that Tornow left sometime between 9/20/2010 & 11/3/2010. But there is no record of it.

So the question remains. Has he received his civil service hearing or not? Mr. Bengford replaced SOMEONE? Did he replace Tornow?

There has been information trickling into me about this matter over the past few weeks, but mostly I have more questions then answers, so I thought I would throw this one out there and see if anything sticks.

What we do know is that Shawn Tornow was terminated as an assistant city attorney by the Huether administration. But what is unclear is if that termination is final. Tornow was considered a civil service employee. Unlike a political appointee such as former city clerk, Debra Owen, when a civil service employee is terminated they are allowed to have a hearing if they so choose to dispute the termination . . . and this is where the questions begin.

• Is Tornow using ‘procedural artifices’ to delay his civil service board hearings?

• What would he gain by delaying this hearing?

• Could he still be receiving a salary and accrued seniority since his termination is not final?

• Could he be purposely delaying the hearing to continue to receive this pay?

• Does anyone know the status of his hearing and if he is still on the payroll?

Concerned citizens want to know – ASAP!

(not an actual video of Tornow)


Well, he is not the only legislator with their head up their ass during this coffee, but he probably wins the prize. And he wonders why they canned him from the city;

Only Sen. Phyllis Heineman, R-Sioux Falls, and Rep. Jenna Haggar, I-Sioux Falls, aligned with Tornow, and Heineman simply said that a $127 million structural deficit was not sustainable and that eliminating it would require “tough sacrifice from everybody.” Haggar said only that legislators must focus on the future of schools and not a one-year budget problem.

Screw the ‘sacrifice’ talk. It is one of the stupidest arguments I have ever heard. We pay taxes for a reason. If you paid a mechanic to do a $500 tune-up on your car and he did a $300 tune-up and said, “That will get you by.” then charged you $500, how would you react? That’s how it seems with education funding. We continue to put our taxdollars into it, and the state turns around and robs the fund to pay for other crap. Education is an investment, when are you going to get it? Why not ‘sacrifice’ no-bid contractors?

Tornow predicted a cut of less than 10 percent, but he called Medicaid “socialized medicine” and insisted that “somebody has to pay for this.”

Yeah, genius, the people who have paid into it their entire freaking lives! It goes back to paying taxes. Do we pay taxes to benefit the general welfare of the public, or to benefit a few rich contractors? I think we know the answer to that question. Do you know the answer?

Legislators also differed on whether the state needed its own illegal immigration enforcement law.

“It creates a serious negative perception of the state when we are trying to draw people here,” Buhl said. Cutler worried that domestic violence victims would be reluctant to come forward if they feared they would be identified as illegal immigrants.

But Tornow felt the federal government needed a prod from states such as South Dakota to seriously enforce immigration laws, and Liss and Haggar are co-sponsors of House Bill 1198, written by Rep. Manny Steele, R-Sioux Falls, setting forth the state’s role in deterring illegal immigration.

A ‘prod’ from South Dakota? LMFAO! Yeah, because a lot of other states are a changing their ways because the state that ranks almost last in every category is doing something about illegal immigration from Mexico (even though we should be more worried about Canadians, oh, my mistake, they are white and speak English, so they are OK). I wouldn’t take legal advice on a national issue like this from fired and disgraced former city attorney Tornow, heck, I wouldn’t take legal advice from Tornow about even a speeding ticket.