(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Zoning Commission Chairman Anthony J. Hood, and DC Office of Zoning Director Jamison L. Weinbaum today dedicated the DC Office of Zoning (DCOZ) hearing room as the “Jerrily R. Kress, FAIA Memorial Hearing Room”.
“Jerrily Kress was a distinguished public servant who truly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of a key city office during her tenure – directly contributing to the District’s economic growth during her nearly decade-long tenure,” said Mayor Gray. “It’s highly fitting that the government she served so well should honor her with this lasting tribute.”
Jerrily R. Kress, FAIA served as the DCOZ Director from June 1999 through January 2009. She is noted for having brought the office into the 21st century and for leveling the playing field by creating a convenient, user-friendly, consistent, and efficient zoning process. During her tenure at DCOZ, she was a recipient of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) 2002 Building Industry Award; a 2003 Advisory Neighborhood Commission Award of Outstanding Contribution; a 2004 award for the “Greatest Improvement in Public Service” by the Federation of Citizens Associations; and was a finalist for the 2004 Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished DC Government Employees. In 2009, the DC Council honored her by unanimously adopting a ceremonial resolution recognizing her accomplishments.
Some of her most notable achievements as Director include releasing electronic versions of the District’s Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map, providing live webcasts of hearings and meetings and posting Board of Zoning Adjustment and Zoning Commission schedules, orders and transcripts online.
“This recognition is a great tribute to Jerrily for the reforming of the Office of Zoning in the District of Columbia,” said Chairman Anthony Hood. “The foundation laid will benefit the city for many years to come.”
Always a devoted public servant, Ms. Kress volunteered countless hours and significant efforts in leadership positions in both professional and social service organizations to help make the District of Columbia a better place. Ms. Kress’ volunteer service to the District included 25 years as Chair of the DC Building Code Advisory Committee; six years as Chair and Vice Chair of the DC Zoning Commission; service as a board member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; and Past President of DC United Way and Chair of the National Capital Area United Way Social Planning Committee for 10 years.
“Jerrily made a tremendous contribution to the District of Columbia,” said Director Jamison Weinbaum. “Her legacy lives on through the fine work done by the Office of Zoning day in and day out on behalf of the citizens of our city.”