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Communications Specialist Heather Hitterdal Resigning Effective May 15

After more than five years of service to the City of Sioux Falls, Communications Specialist Heather Hitterdal has announced her resignation effective May 15, 2018.

“Heather has been a large component in our success, and I have been so fortunate to work alongside her. We have changed the way that Sioux Falls government communicates with our people, and we certainly have been aggressive getting the word out. I wish her nothing but the best in life, and serving with her till the end of my term is a blessing and an honor,” says Mayor Mike Huether.

Hitterdal started with the City of Sioux Falls on February 25, 2013. Six weeks later, an ice storm devastated the city, and that event set the tone for how proactive and consistent communications could help keep the community safe and informed. Over the past five years, Hitterdal has supported all 12 City departments with their communications needs, from providing public information around street construction, flash floods, and blizzards to messaging priority initiatives such as the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center construction and grand opening, the process to approve and build the city’s first public indoor aquatic center, the purchase of the downtown railyard, and more. She also often was the voice behind the City’s social media accounts, organized hundreds of media events, and worked to promote Sioux Falls and its public servants.

“Serving my city alongside such brilliant, caring, and hard-working City employees has been the greatest honor of my career. I applied for this position because I loved my city, and now, after all I have learned and contributed to, I love it even more. These five years I have had the opportunity to be part of something truly remarkable, and I will be forever grateful for this experience,” says Hitterdal.

Hitterdal’s future plans include starting her own communications consulting company and continuing to serve Sioux Falls in new and challenging ways.