Planning and Development Services Appointment
Mayor Paul TenHaken is excited to announce the appointment of Jeff Eckhoff as the City of Sioux Falls’ next Director of Planning and Development Services.
Eckhoff is a 1982 graduate of South Dakota State University and completed his master’s degree in administrative studies from the University of South Dakota in 1997. Originally from Hurley, SD, Eckhoff and his wife, Gea, live in Sioux Falls and have two adult children, Lynnea and Logan.
With a strong background in economic development, project management and organizational leadership, Eckhoff will add incredible value to the City in his Director role. Since 2012, Eckhoff has led the South Dakota Small Business Development Center. Prior to SBDC, Eckhoff was the executive director for the Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations (LCEDA/MCEDA) from 1996 to 2012 and director of operations for Turning Point (now Volunteers of America) from 1993 to 1996.
Eckhoff has also been active in the community and state, currently serving as his church’s council president, and has served on the boards of the: Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation; Southeast Technical Institute Council; South Eastern Council of Governments Executive Board and Operations Committee; Sioux Council Scouts BSA, Executive Board and Executive Committee; Better Business Bureau Advisory Board; South Dakota Chamber and Economic Development Council; and the Washington High School Booster Club Executive Board. He has been a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer for the past 23 years.
Some of Eckhoff’s accolades include the South Dakota Municipal League’s Excellence in Municipal Government Award in 2006. During his tenure with LCEDA/MCEDA, the organization was recognized with the Governor’s Excellence in Economic Development award in 2002 and communities within the organization were six-time recipients of the Governor’s Community of the Year Award.
“I am honored to join Mayor TenHaken and the Planning and Development Services staff,” says Eckhoff. “Sioux Falls has a long trajectory of success and the opportunity to be a part of this great history and to serve this wonderful city is exciting and humbling. I look forward to meeting the staff, engaging with the community, and joining in the Mayor’s vision for the future.”
“To get things done, it’s important to surround yourself with top-shelf talent. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone better for this role than Jeff,” says Mayor Paul TenHaken. “The relationships, planning and government experience that Jeff brings to the City are going to be critical assets in continuing to propel Sioux Falls forward. I’m honored to now call him my colleague and excited to have his steady hand at the development and planning wheel.”
The Planning and Development Services department includes Zoning, Building Services, Housing and Code Enforcement divisions, all located in the City Center building.
Eckhoff’s appointment requires the advice and consent of the City Council, which will be presented to the Council on May 7.