Mayor Quinton Lucas and the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, recently honored firm partner Theresa Otto for her years of dedicated service to the city’s Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).

Theresa was appointed to the BZA in 1996 by then-Mayor Emanuel Cleaver. She was soon named chair and served the city in that role for 25 years until her resignation on April 12, 2022. Theresa’s service as chair spanned the administrations of five mayors. Her consistent leadership earned a reputation of fairness, impartiality, and respect, “leaving our city better than when she started,” according to a City Council resolution adopted to mark the occasion of her departure from the board.

Theresa’s long-standing tenure on the BZA was acknowledged publicly during a meeting of the City Council on July 21, 2022. “There are a lot of boards and commissions we have and they only work if we have good people willing to serve and Theresa is the embodiment of that,” Mayor Lucas said in thanking Theresa on behalf of himself and the Council. BZA members serve the city in a volunteer capacity.

A job well done and our firm could not be more proud.