Lee’s Summit is beginning to reshape the how it approaches taking development projects through approval at City Hall.
Daren Fristoe, head of a human resources firm and Chairman of the Lee’s Planning Commission, has been hired part-time as a consultant to revamp current procedures for processing applications, particularly regarding commercial projects.
City Manager Steve Arbo said March 29 his plan is to create a Development Review Center where almost all of the activities related to development will be handled by a single source.
Fristoe’s job initially is to help plan that office.
It’s hoped that centralizing the process will make it more efficient for developers to do business with the city.
Arbo said his intent is to hire Fristoe full time later, but that requires some shifting of responsibilities within City Hall. He said he wants to discuss the situation with other employees affected and would announce those changes next week.
Fristoe said he plans to be full-time with the city on April 15.
At that time he will be an assistant to the city manager, with responsibility for the development center and some aspects of human resources.
“It was a result of different community positions I’ve had as well as in corporate human resources,” Fristoe said.
Fristoe was appointed to the Planning Commission in November of 2002 and serves as chairman, was past chairman of the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council and for about six years head of The Fristoe Group Inc., a human resources consulting firm. He also was co-chair of the Lee’s Summit 360 Economic Development Key Performance Area. Fristoe also served on the boards for Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Inc., and the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.
Fristoe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
He also has had leadership roles in the R-7 Business Roundtable, the St. Luke’s East Hospital Executive Advisory Council, the Summit Bank of Kansas City Council, and the Advisory Board of Directors for Hope House. He is a member of Rotary International
Councilmember Ed Cockrell said Arbo informed the City Council he would be creating two assistant to the city manager positions.
Fristoe is to have one position. Sharon Quigley, currently assistant to the city manger, has announced she is taking a job with the federal reserve, so the second position will be advertised, Cockrell said.
Cockrell praised the move.
“It has great potential for us,” Cockrell said. “I’ve complained for years that whether you have a small or large business its difficult to have the stamina to get through the process. This will be someone who takes ownership for each project.”