City Manager James E. Baker announced today the appointment of United States Navy Captain Robert Geis to the position of Deputy City Manager, effective July 1, 2016. Geis assumes the Deputy City Manager position vacated by the retirement of Amar Dwarkanath in 2015. He will receive a salary of $150,000 per year.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Bob Geis joining the Chesapeake City management team,” Baker commented. “His proven leadership track record, coupled with his familiarity with Chesapeake gained while the Commanding Officer of NAS Oceana, uniquely qualifies him for this position. The City was fortunate that his retirement from the Navy coincided with our needs in such a timely manner.”
Captain Geis currently serves as Chief of Staff to Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, supporting 14 naval installations from Maine to North Carolina. He will retire from active duty with 29 total years of service.
A native of San Diego, California, Geis was commissioned an Ensign in 1987, following his graduation from Aviation Officer Candidate School. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in 1989. Geis served with a number of Navy squadrons in support of Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. He was twice named “NFO of the Year,” once in 1992 by squadron VS-32, and again in 2000 by VS-30. During his tenure as Commander of Squadron VS-211, the command earned the “Battle E” award for 2005 and executed the first East Coast deployment of the F/A-18 Super Hornet in 2006.
Geis completed numerous shore tours, including attending the Naval War College, where he earned a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He served as Flag Aid to Commander, Naval Air Forces, Japan, and for three years as Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic. His command tour at NAS Oceana was marked by several high visibility events, including leading the recovery from the April 2012, F/A-18D mishap in Virginia Beach, and the signing of a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding between the Navy and the City of Chesapeake.
“The opportunity to serve the citizens of Chesapeake, a community I have come to admire and respect during our close working relationships, was one that I simply couldn’t pass up,” Geis said. “Chesapeake is blessed with progressive, strategic, forward-thinking leadership, at all levels, and I look forward to taking an active part in continuing to bring all of our residents the high level of quality service and stewardship they have come to expect from their City.”
As Deputy City Manager, Geis will work closely with City Manager Baker and Deputy City Manager, Dr. Wanda Barnard-Bailey, in the direction of Chesapeake’s 4,000 employees and the administration of the City’s more than $930 million Operating Budget.