CAMANCHE — Camanche’s new city administrator attended his first city council meeting on Tuesday night.

Camanche Mayor Jim Robertson announced the hiring of Tom Roth, of Bellevue, as city administrator at the council meeting held July 17. Roth is the city’s first city administrator as the council only created the position earlier this year.

Robertson introduced Roth, who thanked the council, mayor and community for the vote of confidence in his ability to serve Camanche as city administrator. Roth noted he has several years of experience with city government, but remarked it will take some time to get up to speed with pressing issues in the community.

Roth began his duties with the city on Monday and spent the day meeting with city officials and touring Camanche. Public Works Director Dave Rickertsen took Roth on a tour of the city and explained several upcoming city projects, including the wastewater treatment plant, Washington Boulevard renovations and the Ninth Street Bridge replacement project. Roth remarked the city has some very large and important projects going on.

“The projects are very formidable, they’re challenging. The city’s got some big, big irons in the fire,” Roth said.

Roth told the council he is in the process of selling his residence in Bellevue and making Camanche his family’s home. He said he is thrilled to be serving the city of Camanche and appreciates the city’s patience as he becomes familiar with the many issues facing Camanche. Robertson commented he knows the learning curve will be steep but said he is confident that Roth will do a good job of serving the city of Camanche.

Roth listened intently as the council meeting carried on. Following the meeting, Roth said he is not usually so quiet during a council meeting.

“I don’t usually sit silently at a council meeting, but I need to learn the lay of the land,” he said. “This is my first time in a new community, you know, starting from scratch, so to speak.”

Roth said he was pleased to meet with the city officials he’s met so far and looks forward to meeting with the citizens of Camanche.

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. 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. In 1998, Roth became the vice president of Bellevue State Bank.

Roth’s office is located at Camanche City Hall, 917 Third St.

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