Historic Preservation Planner
The Planning and Community Development Department would like to introduce the newest staff member, historic preservation planner Dr. Kim Schutte. Prior to accepting this position, she served as a consultant for historic preservation with the city since March 2020. In her role as consultant, she assisted with the submittal requirements to the State Historic Preservation Office, Programmatic Agreements, fulfilling the city’s obligations under previously executed Memoranda of Agreements, worked with Landmark Commission, Land Bank Advisory Committee, and assisted the city requirements for use of federal funds.
Prior to her role with the city, Schutte’s experience had an emphasis in history and preservation while working as the executive director for the Historic St. Joseph Foundation, CEO Friends of St. Joseph, LLC., co-editor of Sixty-Four Campuses – One University: The Story of SUNY, a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of History at SUNY at the College at Brockport, an Associate Instructor for the Departments of History and Humanities at University of Kansas and Adjunct Instructor with the Department of History at Missouri Western State College (University). Schutte has a PhD in History from the University of Kansas, a MA in History from the University of Missouri and a BS History and Psychology from Missouri Western State College. She has also worked on several publications during her extensive work career.
As historic preservation planner, Schutte will continue to work closely with various committees as it relates to preservation interests with the city. As Schutte’s role has transitioned with the city, she will work closely with the community to promote preservation efforts. This will involve speaking to local service organizations, attending the meetings of local preservation/neighborhood groups and helping people research the history of their houses.
The historic preservation planner position has an important role protecting the future and past of St. Joseph. Although the abundance and wealth of historic structures in St. Joseph is a city asset, it also is an overwhelming task to work toward protecting these resources. Schutte’s professional experience as an historian will help to bring an experience to the position for the city.
“While there is a great deal of technical knowledge necessary to perform the duties of the historic preservation planner, what is truly required to succeed is an enthusiasm for St. Joseph, a passion to preserve its historic architectural inventory and a desire to work to make the future of the city brighter," Schutte said. "I firmly believe that historic preservation has a significant role to play in crafting that bright future that St. Joseph so richly deserves.”
If you see Kim out in your neighborhood performing research or in her role of speaking at an event, don't hesitate to stop and say hello. To contact the historic preservation office, residents can email or call 271-5349.