Gillian Ray

Building Development Services
Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: 417-864-1585

City Code Administrator Chris Straw was named Director of Building Development Services Department effective July 1, 2011 after serving as Interim Director since February 2010.

Straw began working for the City in 1999 as a plan review specialist. He also served as a project facilitator before being named Code Administrator in 2004. Prior to joining the City, Straw worked for several firms in the private sector, including Bell Buildings Systems, Hood-Rich Architects and for Architect Richard E. Hardy.

Straw is a graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in Drafting and Design and a minor in Industrial Management. He obtained his license to practice architecture from the State of Missouri in 1989. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers and the Construction Specifications Institute. 

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