Mayor's Biography

Since taking office as mayor of Sioux Falls in May 2018, Paul TenHaken has amassed a long list of accomplishments for the city by putting people first and taking strategic steps to ensure the continued success of South Dakota’s largest city. Through his One Sioux Falls framework, Mayor TenHaken’s focus is on safety, housing, workforce and engaging people across Sioux Falls, which has been named one of the best run cities in the country for 2021. The city has achieved accolades for fiscal responsibility and its lowest debt per capita in over a decade. Under his leadership, Sioux Falls has expanded its status as an urban center, including record public and private sector investments planned for downtown. Sioux Falls recently hit the milestone of $1 billion in annual building permit valuations, demonstrating the strength of the city’s development and long-term trajectory.

Mayor TenHaken has demonstrated his commitment to public safety through projects that include opening The Link, a behavioral health and addiction triage center, and securing funding for a public safety training campus and Metro 911 dispatch center, which broke ground in fall 2021. His focus on improving lives and opportunities in the area and investing in the future generation has resulted in initiatives like the Sioux 52 Mentoring Initiative and the Mayor’s Youth Council.

A thought leader, Mayor TenHaken was selected for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative with a focus on innovation and chairs the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. Acknowledged as a dedicated public servant, a successful entrepreneur and an avid athlete, Mayor TenHaken’s proudest accomplishment is his family—wife, Jill, and their three children.