Sioux Falls City Council at odds over internal auditor appointment


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – It all began with a robo call from Sioux Falls City Council member Theresa Stehly on Saturday, and Tuesday morning, four other council members responded. At 5:30 Tuesday night, the discussion could come to a head at a special City Council meeting at Carnegie Town Hall in downtown Sioux Falls, when the council is set to discuss the appointment of Shana Nelson as internal audit manager. 

Right now, Shana Nelson is a business analyst with the city. Her husband Matt Nelson is the city’s parking manager. 

Councilor Theresa Stehly says Nelson is inexperienced in auditing, and Stehly believes the internal audit manager should be a non-city employee. In her Saturday robo call, Stehly said fellow councilor Greg Neitzert “is ramrodding” the vote.

Neitzert does not agree.  In a news release Tuesday, Neitzert and three other councilors argue Shana Nelson “is exceptionally qualified.” The release also takes issue with Stehly’s use of the term “ramrodding.”

For Shana Nelson to become internal audit manager, she’ll need just a majority of the vote. Three of the eight councilors had their names with Neitzert’s on the news release. Stehly would need all three other councilors to vote no and force a tie, which would bring in the mayor. But Councilor Curt Soehl told KELOLAND News Tuesday afternoon that he expects to vote yes. For now, it appears that Shana Nelson will become internal audit manager. 

Neitzert tells KELOLAND News that Tuesday night will probably be contentious. We’ll have coverage on KELOLAND News at 6 and 10. 

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