Exeter Township attorney Kurt Geishauser said he knew exactly what it would take to apply for a job with the Berks County bank.
After all, he watched his wife do it in 2015.
His wife, Berks County Judge Eleni Dimitriou Geishauser, was one of three attorneys elected by voters to fill three vacancies on the bank and has since directed hundreds of cases.
Kurt Geishauser, who has been a lawyer for about 25 years, hopes to follow in her footsteps. He is running for one of two open places that will be chosen this year.
“In my years as an attorney for the Berks County community, I have seen firsthand the impact the courts have on individuals, their families, and the entire community,” he said.
Geishauser said while criminal law is his specialty, he has taken on all sorts of cases throughout his career. He has tried cases in 20 districts from the district court level to the federal appeals court level.
“I’ve been in court practically every day for 20 years, so I know what it takes to commit justice,” he said. “I want this job because I know what to do and I know I can do it.”
The 51-year-old said he feels he has reached a point in his career where he can bring the experience he has gained as a lawyer to this new chapter in his professional life.
“I was on the front line,” he said. “I had a glimpse into people in their worst times, be it the pain of divorce and custody, the death of a loved one, the trauma of crime victims, or the uncertainty of being charged with crime yourself.”
Geishauser said the experience would help guide the decisions he would make at the bank and fuel his efforts to move the process forward.
“If I were in the bank, I would try to move things forward as soon as possible so that these parties don’t wait months for a decision,” he said.
But first Geishauser has to be chosen. So far he will be battling for a place alongside James Gavin and Tina Boyd.
The judges have been in office for 10 years and must then stand for safekeeping. The position pays $ 186,665 annually.