Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
BYLINE: By, Jonathan Ellis
A committee of Sioux Falls city councilors has recommended that a former assistant city clerk be appointed as city clerk.
Council Chair Sue Aguilar made the announcement Tuesday, and the City Council is expected to take action on Lorie Hogstad’s appointment March 19.
Hogstad served as an assistant clerk from 1985 to 2005 before becoming the city’s licensing specialist in the attorney’s office.
“I am very excited to be returning to serve the City Council and the residents of Sioux Falls as the city clerk,” she said. “I am a huge advocate of outstanding customer service for the residents of Sioux Falls and look forward to the opportunity to do so representing the office of the City Clerk.”
The clerk’s office is the official record keeper for city government, preparing official records and administering elections.
Hogstad replaces Debra Owen, who was fired last fall in a controversial 5-3 vote of city councilors.
Unlike Owen, Hogstad’s position is expected to be more administrative and not policy oriented. After dismissing Owen, the council decided to create two positions: An administrative city clerk and a legislative policy position, which has not been filled. The idea behind the move was to isolate the clerk’s office from political divisions among the eight councilors and the mayor’s administration.
After Owen’s departure, the council appointed former Minnehaha County Auditor Sue Roust as the interim city clerk. Roust said Tuesday that her last day will be Friday.
It was fun, she said, working more closely with city employees that she’s known for years. But she’s also ready to resume retirement.
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