A Native Californian, Bob moved to Lake Elsinore in 1986 after graduating from San Diego State University. While raising his son Richard, Bob worked in both the public and private sectors in the areas of Land Development, Mining, Resource Recycling and Legislative Affairs. In 2003 Bob ran a successful campaign for City Council and has been re-elected three times.
During his tenure on the Council – and 6 terms as Mayor -- Bob has made Public Safety his number one priority doubling the Police Force and building additional Fire Stations. Response times for both organizations are now lower than at any point in the City’s history.
Transportation and Recreation have also been staples of Bob’s public service platform. As a member and past Chairman of the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Bob has brought Millions of dollars’ worth of improvements to the valley. This year will mark the ground breaking of the new Railroad Canyon Road I-15 Interchange project. A $40M fully-funded effort that will be managed by RCTC and is designed to bring congestion relief to the most frustrating choke point in our valley.
As a Multi-Term Chairman of the Lake Elsinore San Jacinto Watershed Authority he has been instrumental in keeping our lake full and healthy. He has also stressed the need to focus on a robust Game-fish population, by stocking the lake several times each year with five different species. This has led to an increase in recreational Anglers and annual fishing derbies, one of which is televised nationally.
The City’s park and recreation inventory continues to grow boasting more than 120 acres with 20 parks throughout the more than 40 square miles of City territory. In 2015, after years of planning, the new Serenity skate park opened and in 2017 that park expanded to include a BMX track and dog park. Bob was also the deciding vote that forced a Developer to build the Summerly Golf Course & Club House before any homes could be sold, returning golf to our valley after an 85-year hiatus. This year the Links at Summerly will celebrate their 12th year in business. The Summerly Community Park, originally opening in 2018 will see the final phases completed later this year adding another dog park, amphitheater and two additional lighted ballfields.
An avid Off-Road Enthusiast, Bob is also widely credited with the preservation of the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix motorcycle race, made famous by the movie “On Any Sunday.” A multi-event participant, both Bob & his son have continued this Extreme family tradition.
The Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bob’s efforts, naming him as their Citizen of the Year in 2005 and presenting him with the John Packman Award for Community Service in 2013. In 2010 the Boy Scouts of America named Bob as their Distinguished Citizen of the Year.
Bob’s wife Gina is recently retired after more than a decade of full-time service with Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of Southwest Riverside County as a Volunteer, Dispatcher, National Trainer and ultimately the Executive Director of the organization. After receiving the County’s Woman of the Year Award in 2010 she was appointed to serve on the Riverside County Commission for Women where she was elected to the position of Vice Chair. Today, she serves on the Board of Directors for Animal Friends of the Valleys.
Bob’s son Richard graduated from Elsinore High. He learned to weld at a local business and then applied that trade as a member of the U. S. Army where he completed two combat tours of duty in Afghanistan at multiple Forward Operating Bases both as a Welder and Marksman. He has returned to civilian life and is currently in the Pacific Northwest pursuing his passion for fishing and photography while attending College part time.
Bob is currently the District Director for County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries and in his spare time, he enjoys off-roading, fishing and hanging with his dogs.