North Bend building official retires
October 2, 2008 · Updated 3:00 PM
Building Official Bob Rohrbach retired from the employ of the city
of North Bend on Friday, Jan. 28, following several years with the
community. His co-workers marked his departure with a small farewell party.
Rohrbach worked a total of 25 years in the civic inspection and
regulatory field. According to Larry Stockton, the city's community services
director, Rohrbach joined the city staff of North Bend on a full-time basis
in 1996 following a period of temporary service as an inspector and
"He was fantastic," Stockton said. "The guy was very effective at
cutting through conflicting directives, policies and codes, working with the
customer and coming to conclusions on issues that had heretofore been unresolved.
"Bob's hallmark was working with the public. He may have had his
share who didn't agree with him, but that's part of the job. On the whole, he
made a significant contribution to the city and we hope we'll be as
fortunate when we hire his replacement."
Both Stockton and City Administrator Phil Messina said
Rohrbach chose to retire in large part due to North Bend's building and
"He retired to work in the private sector," Messina said. "He will
be missed. He had a lot of experience and a lot of knowledge and it'll be hard
to replace him, but I understand part of his concern was the slowdown. He
will be taking a lot of knowledge with him.
"I told him, `Bob, I'd like to tell you you're the best building
official I've ever worked with, but that would be faint and damning praise as
the other two were no good,'" Messina added with a laugh.
Stockton said the city is advertising for Rohrbach's replacement. In
the interim, Robert Kirby of Waldron Resources will serve as acting