Brendan Griesemer - Assistant Director, Planning & Development
Brendan has been with the City since 1996.
Why do you do what you do?
“I have always had an interest in the natural environment as well as the built environment. Working with citizens to improve these environments and their quality of life is very rewarding.”
What’s something you've learned since working for the City?
“Changing processes and systems can be painstakingly slow but teamwork, perseverance and patience can overcome some of the pain.”
What’s the hardest part of your job?
“Getting citizen's to focus on the long-term issues rather than just tomorrow. In this day of immediate gratification, it is difficult to challenge citizens to think 20 to 30 years into the future.”
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done in your career?
“I worked in the office of the Kansas City Port Authority shortly after riverboat gaming was approved. I was a guest on the first ‘shakedown cruise’ on the Missouri River to allow undercover Highway Patrol officers to monitor whether dealers were following state gaming laws. All guests were issued Monopoly money to use at the gaming tables...and yes, even with play money I still lost my shirt!”
What’s the hardest thing you’ve done in your career?
“I conducted damage assessments and provided business assistance after a devastating flash flood on Kansas City's Southwest Boulevard. Many businesses were inundated with water up to the rooflines. Trying to assist business owners to get them back open, after losing their livelihood, was a difficult and humbling experience.”
What do you admire about this organization?
“The numerous mayors, City Council members and volunteer board members I have had the privilege of working with here. They volunteer countless hours, make difficult decisions and have a thankless job while working to make the community a better place.”