PO Councilman Geiger is State’s Longest Serving Public Official

PO Councilman Bob Geiger by the Numbers:
45 years
1,119 meetings
10 absences
99 percent attendance

Much has changed in Port Orchard over the past 45 years, but amid that change, Bob Geiger has been a constant.

Early photos show a much younger-looking Geiger.

But once his hair went gray, it seemed like he hardly changed at all over the past couple of decades.

And talk about consistency, he and his wife Ursula have operated the Geiger Family Rexall Pharmacy faithfully, taking nothing longer than the occasional three day weekend, for more than two decades.

As fellow councilman John Clauson said, “Bob you really need to get a life.”

Thanks to the generosity of private citizens, the Geigers will take a week-long trip to Sweden, where Geiger’s parents were born. He’s never been there, Ursula said after Wednesday’s goodbye ceremony in the Port Orchard council chambers. He had a ticket once and was all set to go, but ended up buying the pharmacy instead.

Have a great trip, Bob. After all those years of service, you deserve it.

3 thoughts on “PO Councilman Geiger is State’s Longest Serving Public Official

  1. Congratulations to Mr. Geiger.

    Even though I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with his positions, one has to respect his dedication and commitment to Port Orchard!

    Special thanks to his wife, as well. Anyone in public service knows that time spent serving the community often means time sacrificed by family.

    Kathryn Simpson

  2. Is that a Ford Falcon from the early 60s in the background of the photo showing Geiger with the sign on his shoulder? Coincidence, or part of the day’s activities?

  3. We are a nation of immigrants. Throughout our history people from around the world, fleeing from religious persecution, political upheaval, poverty, famine and war, have come to this land of opportunity to establish new and better lives.

    Immigrants have come singly and in groups. They have established Chinatowns and Little Italys. They have clustered together in communities where they find comfort in maintaining the culture and language of their native lands. They have opened Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Greek and Italian restaurants. They have enriched our country and expanded cultural opportunities in America.

    But never before in our history has any one group of immigrants tried to impose their language and culture upon this country in a nationwide effort. Instead they have proudly encouraged their children to learn English and become American citizens even as they cling to native cultures.

    I do not believe that the Mexican immigrants coming to America today are any different. They are here to improve their lives. I don’t believe they have come to America to take over our country. I believe they wish to assimilate, to attain citizenship. A degree of proficiency in the English language is a requirement for this opportunity.

    Corporate America, however, seems to see a different role for immigrants from across our southern border. It is Corporate America, in the search for cheap labor, in the search for people they can exploit to satisfy their greed for bigger and bigger profit margins, that is in large part responsible for the unprecedented numbers of immigrants pouring into our nation. Big Business has lain down a nationwide welcome mat.

    Big Business has enriched itself on the backs of immigrant labor and now sees an opportunity to turn those they have imported into a new customer base.

    In my opinion, Lowe’s is actually discouraging Mexicans from assimilation and citizenship by providing signs in Spanish. As a large corporation with stores across our nation Lowe’s has a significant impact on our culture. They are making a profit from doing business in this country and have a responsibility to be good corporate citizens. But their pursuit of the bottom line is obviously more important than good citizenship.

    I realize that the Hispanic population in other areas of the country is large and growing larger every day. Many in America view this increasing immigration with alarm. Providing bilingual signage escalates the uneasiness associated with the influx of Mexican workers and will fuel divisiveness in this country.

    The English language has been a unifying force in the United States. Let’s keep it that way!

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