J. Prent Roth

Mayor & City Council
Title: Council Member (4th Ward)
Phone: (402) 563-2008 home

Term: 5/2016 to 12/2026

Prent Roth received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and his Master’s Degree in Industrial/Management Science Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After working for the Kansas Power and Light Company for 8 years, he moved to Columbus, where he has been a resident for over 40 years. Prent was employed at NPPD for 30 years, most of that time as the Engineering Supervisor for Lines and Substations, where he supervised a team of engineers and technicians responsible for the design of NPPD’s high voltage transmission facilities. After retiring in 2003, he continued to work for NPPD on a part-time basis for another 5 years, being involved with construction inspection and purchase of power transformers. Since that time, although he is “retired” he continues to work as a contract consultant for other companies.

Mr. Roth is an active member of the community, currently serving as Treasurer for Grace Church and for the Columbus Tennis Association, and as a member of the Columbus Morning Rotary and the Joint Airport Zoning Board. He sees his appointment to the Council as an opportunity to “give back“ to the City of Columbus.

Prent was appointed to the City Council in 2016 to fill an unexpired term vacancy and was elected for a full term in 2018.  He was re-elected in 2022.  He currently serves as Chair on the Public Property, Safety and Works Committee.


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