CAMANCHE — The city of Camanche has hired its first city administrator.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Camanche Mayor Jim Robertson announced that Tom Roth, of Bellevue, has been hired as Camanche city administrator.

Roth, 49, received a bachelor’s degree from Loras College in Dubuque in 1981 and underwent graduate studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He was a junior high teacher and athletic director at Nativity School from 1982 to 1987 and then served as the city administrator and city clerk in Bellevue from 1987 to 1998. In 1998, Roth became the vice president of Bellevue State Bank.

In the past, Roth has served on the Bellevue City Council, the Jackson County Zoning Board of Adjustment and was a member of the League of Iowa Cities Executive Board. He presently is a member of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool Board of Directors and the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The city had considered creating the position for several years, but actively began pursuing hiring a city administrator earlier this year. The council posted advertisements for the open position in May and received several applications. A screening committee made up of council members, department heads and two community members reviewed the applications and ranked the top potential candidates. Two applicants were invited to interview for the position and attended an interview session at City Hall last month.

Robertson read a statement from Roth at the council meeting.

“I am honored to be selected as the first city administrator for the city of Camanche. I am anxious to become a part of the city’s management team and look forward to working with the mayor, city council, city employees and consultants,” Roth wrote. “I believe the city of Camanche has a very bright future and I am excited to be a part of it. My family and I look forward to joining the community and meeting it’s residents.”

Roth’s office will be located at Camanche City Hall, 917 Third St. He will begin his duties with the city on August 1.

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