Twenty-Eight year career helping others find work ends today

*Feature Photo: Burl Geis, who retires today after 28 years at Wyoming Workforce Services. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - He was laid off in the Gas Hills, went back to school, managed a pizza store for a year and then got the break of his life. "I am indebted to Lee Heermann who hired me," said Burl Geis, who retires today as the manager of the Riverton and Lander Workforce Services Office. A reception for Burl is planned at the Riverton office from 1-3 today and his friends are invited to stop by and wish him well. Geis is a Fremont County guy, raised on a dairy farm near Pavillion who was graduated from Shoshoni High after his folks bought a farm in Missouri Valley. He's a member of the SHS class of 1969. Today, he still has ag in his veins and he raises alfalfa on 42 acres outside of town. He's had that small acreage since 1999. In an interview with, Geis said the most memorable times of his experience at the Workforce center have been the boom and bust cycles. "Uranium left and hasn't come back yet, oil has left fand has come back three or four times, oil and gas are down right now the Iron Mine on South Pass left. "I think the Casinos really changed the face of employment in the county, providing stable good jobs for lots of people who didn't have much of an opportunity before," he said. Central Wyoming College has also grown into a great institution." Geis said the biggest change in the Workforce Center itself is technology. "We used to have to do everything here by hand. Each client and each employer had a card. We had to shuffle through all of those cards. Now, it's all computerized and just a few key strokes away from the info we or the client needs. In fact, clients don't even have to come into the office as much as they can access the system from their own or computers at the library," he said. Burl said he is continually amazed at how many new people come in seeking work. "They've either just moved here or are just out of school and looking for a first job," he said. "Our customers are quite diverse in regards to age, race, gender, it's very diverse." The job seeker who pulls at Geis' heart the most "is the 80-year-old fellow looking for a truck driving job because he can't afford to retire," he said. "We try out best to help out those and all the other folks who come in." The retirement reception is from 1-3 at the Riverton Workforce Center at 422 East Fremont Street, one block north of Main downtown. #county10 #news