City of Sioux Falls Statement Regarding Charges Against Former Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras

The Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office today announced felony criminal charges against former Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras. City officials had no knowledge of the actions outlined in the charges while Sideras was employed with the City of Sioux Falls. The City of Sioux Falls has been and will continue to fully cooperate with the investigation, which has been led by the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

“This has been extremely troubling from the onset, and the charges outline why this process is being handled in such a cautious and deliberate fashion. This is terribly unfortunate, but Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has been top notch at saving lives and protecting property, and we won’t skip a beat executing it now,” says Mayor Mike Huether.

Sideras’ last day of employment with the City of Sioux Falls was May 2, 2017. Sideras was employed with the City of Sioux Falls from August 29, 1983, through May 2, 2017. He was appointed Fire Rescue Chief on July 21, 2011. Division Chief Brad Goodroad is serving as Interim Fire Rescue Chief until the City concludes the process, which began in April, of interviewing and then selecting the next Fire Rescue Chief.

The terms of Sideras’ separation of employment are a personnel matter and confidential. The case itself is in the hands of the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office and now the judicial system.