Bellevue Mayor-elect Rusty Hike said Monday he will nominate Jim Ristow to be Bellevue’s new city administrator.
Ristow is currently chief executive officer and president of the Greater Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce where he has served since 2012, with a brief interruption in 2015 when he worked several months for the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce before returning to the Bellevue chamber.
Hike said he will nominate Ristow at Monday’s council meeting where he hopes for quick approval so Ristow can be fully in place by the beginning of the new year.
“He’s the right man in the right place at the right time,” Hike said Monday afternoon. “He has lots of experience and lots of contacts on the base, at the state and with many other groups that are important to Bellevue.”
Hike said he interviewed five candidates before settling on Ristow.
Ristow, who is a native of Bellevue, has been intimately involved in some of Bellevue’s major developments since taking the chamber job in 2012, including negotiations over building the Beardmore Event Center of Bellevue and the adjacent Courtyard by Marriott hotel.
Ristow, if his appointment is confirmed by the Bellevue City Council, will replace Joe Mangiamelli, who had already announced that he would bring his two-year tenure to a close at Monday’s City Council session.
Ristow could not be reached for comment on his appointment.
Amanda Andrews, newly elected chair of the Bellevue chamber’s board of directors and Bellevue branch manager for Great Western Bank, said she is aware of Ristow’s pending departure but is unable yet to comment on the search for his replacement.
Mangiamelli was paid about $150,000 a year.