What’s something you’ve learned since working for the City?
“The city is progressive. The recent work to make it possible for Uber and Lyft to serve the area is really significant and groundbreaking. The City is willing to make profound changes if the old way of doing business isn’t necessarily the best way to serve the people in a modern world.”
Why do you do what you do?
“When I was a kid, I read ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ The idea of helping people who were invisible for one reason or another was very appealing to me. That led me to the law and public service.”
What’s the best part of your job?
“Working with other lawyers and clients to find creative solutions to vexing legal problems that have been difficult to solve. There’s nothing better than closing a hard case.”
Do you work to live, or do you live to work? Why?
“I have been very driven in my career. It is fair to say it took over my life for a time. Today, I’m trying to find the perfect balance, but I still define myself largely by whether I feel that I am making a difference at work.”
What do you admire about this organization?
“Over nearly 30 years serving in state government positions, I always have been impressed with the strong environmental awareness evident in the City and its people. St. Louis, Kansas City, and even Columbia pale in comparison. Springfield clearly ‘gets it’ when it comes to water quality and the environment.”