Mayor's Biography


Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether is a Yankton native who graduated from South Dakota State University in 1984 with a degree in commercial economics. He and his wife of 29 years, Cindy, are thrilled to serve the good people of Sioux Falls.

The “First Lady of Sioux Falls” is also the Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Tennis Association. The Huethers were recently honored as the United States Tennis Family of the Year by the United States Tennis Association. Their daughter, Kylie, is the Marketing Advisor for Sanford Health Oncology, and her husband, David Kiesner, is the Merchandiser for POET Nutrition.

Mike’s leadership skills were first honed by working 15 years for Citibank in South Dakota, New York, and Texas. In 1999, Mike was hired to drive the development efforts of PREMIER Bankcard in Sioux Falls. After a productive ten years there, he resigned his Executive Vice President position to focus full-time on earning the honor to become the Mayor of Sioux Falls. On May 17, 2010, he was sworn in as Mayor and captured a dream he had since the sixth grade. He was soundly reelected for a second term in 2014 and continues his quest to infuse business acumen into government. The results clearly prove it can be done.

The Mayor and his team are getting things done for Sioux Falls and South Dakota by rebuilding infrastructure, creating jobs, tackling tough issues like pension reform, and capturing long-overdue quality-of-life investments like our new events center, indoor aquatic center, river greenway and so much more. Mayor Mike knows that when we work together, there is absolutely nothing we can’t accomplish. This was truly evidenced by the April 2013 ice storm when Sioux Falls not only bounced back but also grew even stronger as a community!

In his “spare” time, Mayor Mike enjoys tennis, running, working outdoors, is an avid hunter, and creates as many God-given memories in life as possible.