A people person, team builder and proud Kansas Citian, Spring Hill’s newest leader has found a home in the Public Works and Community Development departments.
Jose Leon was appointed by Mayor Steven Ellis at the Nov. 8 City Council meeting to fulfill the role of Assistant City Administrator for Public Works, Community Development and Physical Plant. And he’s eager to begin the new position.
“Spring Hill is a very nice community with a great reputation,” Jose said. “It is a growing community and provides the opportunity for me to continue building on the skills and experience I have but also teach me a couple things along the way. I want to be a part of the growth in Spring Hill and that is what initially attracted me. After interviewing and meeting staff members, I knew this was a great fit.”
Before coming to Spring Hill, Jose — a born and raised Kansas Citian — served as Director of Public Works for the City of Roeland Park for the past four years.
“I was responsible for all the infrastructure maintenance and improvements as well as parks and forestry,” he said. “I helped develop a strong Capital Improvement Plan to assist the City in current and future planning, established in-house maintenance programs and initiated the City’s condition assessment projects.”
Prior to serving at Roeland Park, Jose worked for the City of Overland Park for seven years in the stormwater engineering section of their Public Works department, where he assisted in project management of stormwater maintenance projects, maintained the City’s stormwater system database and helped develop the stormwater infrastructure condition assessments, he said. He also previously worked in the private sector for a number of years.
One of the first projects Jose plans to tackle in Spring Hill is developing the street maintenance program, he said.
“I plan to get involved in the City’s street condition survey and work with our street superintendent on developing our street maintenance program. As 2019 rolls around, the departments I am leading will work together to set some attainable goals so we have a clear direction moving forward. I also intend to get to know our elected officials and business community members. These are all important relationships toward our success going forward.
“As I understand Spring Hill through my own research and talking with staff, there are a lot of challenges and high expectations for the growing community,” Jose said. “My hope is to day by day tackle the challenges together with the Spring Hill staff, elected officials and residents. … I also want to help the City realize its potential with the business community and bring opportunities to the table from the private sector that will grow Spring Hill to the expectations of the community as a whole.”
Of all the skills Jose brings to Spring Hill, he’s most proud of his people skills and his passion for the work.
“I am a team builder and love working in communities, helping them turn challenges into opportunities,” he said. “Of all the skills I have developed over the years, I am still proud to say I don’t know everything and am still learning every day. I believe that is a skill in itself.”
In his free time, Jose enjoys spending time with his wife of 19 years, Jackie (a high school sweetheart!) and his two sons, Adriano and Nicholas.
“My favorite hobby is my family time,” Jose said. “My family and I enjoy our Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC and KU Jayhawks, Rock Chalk! My favorite activity is playing a nice, quiet and sometimes loud game of chess. I don’t get to enjoy this very often but I love the game of chess.
“Adriano keeps us busy with school activities and fifth grade sports,” he said. “Nicholas is in college and manages the men’s basketball team at Johnson County Community College. I really like to attend those games and support the team.”
Jose began work for the City of Spring Hill Dec. 3.
“I am really looking forward to meeting staff,” he said. “I am also looking forward to meeting residents and businesses owners to understand community expectations. I have also heard about a placed called K&M BBQ and I am looking forward to a lunch there real soon!”