Sioux Falls has new Deputy Chief of Staff

May 26, 2018 by  

Paul TenHaken was recently sworn in as the 32nd mayor of Sioux Falls, and has begun making appointments to fill out his administration.

The first of these is T.J. Nelson, who was tapped to become both the city’s Deputy Chief of Staff, and its public information officer (PIO), according to an article on the city’s website.

One of the issues TenHaken campaigned on was transparency in government, which he believes starts with communication. The efforts of the deputy chief/PIO will help ensure trust exists between the office of the mayor, and the media, city council, and members of the public. TenHaken describes himself as “thrilled” to have Nelson take over these important duties.

The deputy chief/PIO will handle the information flow for the city, as well as coordinating collaboration between Sioux Falls’ government and other communities in the metro area, as well as state, county, and federal officials.

Nelson is a native of Sioux Falls, and was graduated by Augustana University. He has handled governmental relations, media relations, public relations, and internal communications for such companies and agencies as Sanford Health, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the Canadian Pacific, the DM&E Railroad, and U.S. Senator Mike Rounds.

Appointments like this impact a whole community, so a flyer printing company can help officials with a mailer for residents, updating them on the appointment.