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Earlier in his career, working as the Neighborhood Services Administrator for Leawood, Kansas during a 10 year period of rapid growth required trusted interactions with the community, governing body, outside agencies and fellow staff. The community received several national quality of life awards, in part, due to his staffs effort managing quality growth controls. This period was being pivotal in his decision to earn his Master’s Degree from KU. Upon Jeff’s departure, the Leawood Governing Body graciously awarded him with their highest honor, the outstanding service award.
Jeff first entered into public service with the City of Mission, Kansas in 1994. During this time he gained experience guiding infrastructure projects, administering neighborhood stabilization grants, code enforcement, fleet management, land-use development, park operations, stormwater management, rental licensing and interlocal agreements. He fondly remembers their long-time Mayor, Sylvester Powell, once refusing to allow passage of the Olympics torch relay through their city limits, unless they modified the torch route to re-route through their downtown district.