After what Mayor Patrick Dunlavy described as a lengthy review of more than 30 applications, Tooele City has officially selected a new director of parks and recreation.
The city council voted unanimously Wednesday night to accept the appointment of Brian Roth, former superintendent of the Oquirrh Hills Golf Course, as the city’s new director of parks and recreation.
Roth will replace former parks and recreation director Kathy Bell, who announced earlier this summer that she planned to retire after spending her entire, nearly 40-year-long career with Tooele City.
Bell started working for the city at age 14, as part of a summer youth program that had her pulling weeds on Main Street and assisting with other city beautification projects.
Dunlavy said he had reviewed the resumes of several well-qualified candidates after Bell announced her retirement, but said that many of the applicants lived outside the Tooele area and that he found himself returning repeatedly to Roth’s application.
“Why would I go outside the city when I have everything I’m looking for right here,” the mayor said he’d asked himself.
Editor’s note: Look for a profile on the city’s new director of parks and recreation in an upcoming edition.