TenHaken Announces Deputy Chief of Staff

Mayor Paul TenHaken today announced the first key appointment of his new administration. T.J. Nelson was selected to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff and public information officer for the City.

“Transparency starts with communication,” said TenHaken. “This is an important role to ensure trust between the Mayor’s Office and the public, City Council and media. I’m thrilled to have T.J. bring his talents and experience with me to City Hall.”

The Deputy Chief of Staff and public information officer role will coordinate the flow of public information for the City and coordinate intergovernmental collaboration with metro area communities as well as county, state and federal officials.

“I look forward to serving the city and communicating all of the great things Sioux Falls is doing for its residents and visitors,” said Nelson.

Nelson is a Sioux Falls native and graduate of Augustana University. His résumé includes internal communications, public relations, media relations, and government relations roles for the DM&E Railroad, Canadian Pacific, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, Sanford Heath, and U.S. Senator Mike Rounds.

Nelson begins his new role Monday, May 21.


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