City Avoids Lobbying Efforts By Using A Secret Committee To Select Golf Course Management Company

By: Rob Harris

For almost 25 years, the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota relied on a local company to operate its three municipal courses. This time, however, it reached all the way to Nebraska to find a management company, reportedly selecting it because it already is overseeing a large portfolio of courses in the area.

And how did this geographical treason play out? The parks department took no chances, empaneling a committee of three whose members’ identities were kept secret until the selection process was completed. One city councilperson called it a “secret selection committee.” Defending the process, city officials endorsed the closed selection process as necessary “to be fair and competitive.”

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