Ibisch excited to come
While the resume of the newly hired Blue Earth city administrator states his residence as Columbus, Wis., he wants to make it clear he is a native Minnesotan.
“I am originally from Le Crescent, in the southeast part of the state,” Timothy Ibisch says. “I came up to Mankato for college and lived in Mapleton for the four years I was there. So I am familiar with the Blue Earth area.”
Ibisch graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a bachelor’s degree in geography in 2007, then with a master’s degree in urban studies in 2009, with a certificate in local government management.
He served as the city administrator in Tyler, in the southwest part of the state, for eight months in 2008-2009. In 2010, Ibisch joined the Navy, and served as a U.S. Navy Mineman for the past four years.
“I returned to San Diego in August from the Persian Gulf after a seven month deployment there,” Ibisch says. “I went on leave to visit my extended family in Wisconsin.”
He just officially completed his tour of duty with an honorable discharge on Sept. 13.
During his interview, Ibisch said two things he is most proud of was getting his master’s degree and his service in the Navy.
He also stressed the importance of communication, both between the council and the city administrator, and with the community.
“I would want to know the expectations of the council, especially when it comes to the budget,” he said. “I think it is important that we are all on the same page so that we can move forward as a group.”
Ibisch was asked about his ideas for the business community.
“To be honest, everything in town, including the downtown businesses, looks neat and clean, even if a building is not occupied,” he said. “But a goal is to try and fill buildings with businesses; and to get feedback from the public on what is needed.”
Ibisch also spoke about utilizing public and private partnerships for improvement projects in the city.
“Blue Earth has done a good job with keeping the facilities of the city new,” he said. “But we could do a better job of putting out the information about what the city has to offer so people will know what is here, and want to come here.”
The most important thing as a city administrator is communication, Ibisch stressed.
“I would be seeking direction from the council,” he said. “After all, I would be employed by the council members. In order to take care of the city business, I need to know what your expectations are. I need to learn what the needs of the city are.”