Council Member Robert “Bob” Ruesch came to Mission Viejo in 1994 with his wife Debbie to find a safer and better place to raise their family. Bob & Debbie have two adult children, daughter Kate who resides in England with her family, and their son Andrew who resides in Mar Vista with his family. Bob has three grandsons, Luke, Zach, and Walter.
Bob was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America for over twenty years, helping many young men including his son obtain the rank of Eagle. He has been part of a faith-based study for over twenty-five years.
Bob’s career has taken many paths. As entrepreneur, he started 5 businesses and has held many executive level positions in the private sector. Bob served on a Presidential Task Force for the Reagan Presidency. Bob is a well-established authority on marketing, an accomplished pilot, rock climbing instructor, and motorsport racer.
In 2016, Bob was appointed to the Community Services Commission and served for two years working with staff to encourage recreation and community involvement with the many amenities offered to Mission Viejo residents. In 2017, Bob was appointed to represent Mission Viejo as their representative to the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District and continues to hold that position. In 2018 Bob accepted the appointment to move to the Planning and Transportation Commission. During the next four years Bob was involved with many new and important issues that the City Council would eventually adopt:
Being Chairman during the purchase of the Oso Creek Golf Course
Revising the Economic Development Element
Beginning implementation of the “Core Area Vision Plan” and “Public Place and Land Use Elements”
He held this appointment until December of 2022 when he became the first Councilman for the new Mission Viejo District 1.
Bob’s goals for District 1 and the City of Mission at large are to:
Preserve the Mission Viejo lifestyle
Keep Mission Viejo’s budget balanced
Work with police on crime reduction and community safety
Stop traffic from increasing with high-density housing
Support development and growth of local businesses in Mission Viejo
Continue the work on the Oso Creek Golf Course, Open area between Casta Del Sol Drive and Jeronimo, and the Downtown Core Vision Plan
Work closely with the Lake Association to clean the water and bring back fishing