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image Former Oquirh Hills golf course superintendant Brian Roth was named Tooele City director of parks and recreation.

September 4, 2014
Tooele City appoints new head for parks, recreation

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. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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