Thursday, September 22, 2011

The New Public Relations Standard at City Hall

If you look on the city's website, you see multiple press announcements, press releases and announcements of upcoming press conferences. It seems the new standard is to announce that you are going to announce something. Then when you announce it, release another announcement saying what you announced. I like being informed. But do you have to announce that you are going to announce something and then announce what you announced?

I could list many examples but  the latest announcement to announce they are going to announce something is the Airport Authority Board. We all know that the mayor now interviews the candidates for board positions personally to decide who should get anointed by him.

In the case of the Airport Authority, he is not reappointing two incumbent board members. The noise out there is he is going to appoint his cronies to this board and that one of them just might be Dave Nelson, former Minnehaha States Attorney. Who knows. The announcement that the mayor will make an announcement will tell us who got the nod from the mayor.

The city's website is cluttered with the announcements of board appointments. I like that the city tells the public who is serving on the multitude of citizen boards. But do we need to have announcements to announce our announcements? Why can't the mayor just put out one simple press release telling the public the names of persons being appointed to the various boards? The city council has to formally act on his appointments at a city council meeting so the appointment(s) are public record.

Such public relations overkill but then again, if your agenda is to keep your name out front and visible, then bombard the public with announcements to announce what you are going to announce.

Date: 9/21/2011
From: Mayor
Title: Mayor Huether to Announce New Airport Authority Board Appointments


Mayor Mike Huether will hold a press conference Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Room to announce two new board appointments to the Airport Authority Board.
“The Sioux Falls airport has made progress on a number of fronts and the Airport Authority has a major hand in making that happen. These two new leaders will diligently work to take that success to an even higher level,” said Mayor Huether.


10 comments:

  1. Then they have to have a reminder because, you know, we, the good people of Sioux Falls, are children.

    Date: 9/22/2011
    From: Mayor
    Title: Reminder: Mayor Huether to Announce New Airport Authority Board Appointments


    Mayor Mike Huether will hold a press conference today, September 22, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Room to announce two new board appointments to the Airport Authority Board.

    “The Sioux Falls airport has made progress on a number of fronts and the Airport Authority has a major hand in making that happen. These two new leaders will diligently work to take that success to an even higher level,” said Mayor Huether.

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  2. An announcement to announce an announcement. Funny!! I would laugh if I didn't want to really cry about it all.

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  3. jennifer,

    this time i think you are streeetchhhhinnnng..
    here is how it works...."tell them you are going to tell them something......then tell them what you want to tell them....and then tell them what you told them"......about 20% of "them" will pay attention to any of it and about 10% of the 20% of "them" will care to remember...but you have to try.....otherwise all of "them" accuse you of not being open and therefore not trustworthy....

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  4. Looks like he appointed two highly qualified women. Go figure.

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  5. After firing Owen because he doesn't like strong willed women who stand for what he believes in then gets accused of hating women who don't agree with him, He finds two women who will do what he says and shuts up. Perfect story for the "Perfect Mayor".

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  6. He did not fire Owen. Five of the Council did.

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  7. no it was the mayor

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  8. How do you figure? Thanks.

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  9. The meeting wouldn't have happened without him doing the 5 a favor, since they needed six. They are the puppets and he is the puppet master. It is good to see three veteran councilors stand up to him who know what they are doing. I'm sure entemann Is pleased as punch to have the events center next to one property and nearer to his MC shop. Mayor snake 1 Enteman snake 2. Don't kow enough about the spiteful ladies on the board. Rolfing is a short sighted appointed lapdog.

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  10. Sorry, think you are wrong. I do know quite a few of the Council, including two very smart and nice women. Something was wrong to get the five of them to do this as a group. I am not saying that it was wrong enough to fire someone over. And, you are right if the Mayor would not have called the meeting it would have been a No Go evidently. In my mind the wrong technicality. And you are right it looks very bad that it was the three veteran council members that voted No. The facts will leak out over time.

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