Jay Leipzig assumed his duties as the county’s new Planning and Development Director on Sept. 11. He brings 24 years of experience in planning and development and most recently he had served as Community and Economic Development Director for the city of Belton, Missouri, since 2008.
Previously, Jay served as Neighborhood Services Manager for the city of Independence, Missouri, and Neighborhood Conservation Services Administrator for the city of Des Moines, Iowa. Jay also held the position of Principal Planner Project Administrator for Ochsner Hare & Hare, and early in his career, he was Housing Coordinator for the city of Lawrence. Jay earned a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas.