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Board of County Commissioners

Phone: 913-715-0430

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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About the Board

Pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Kansas and in accordance with the Home Rule Charter, the legislative powers of county government are vested in a seven-member citizen legislature known as the Board of County Commissioners. It strives to strengthen and preserve the health, safety, and welfare of the community. To that end, it has exclusive power to enact, amend, and repeal public policies; to levy and apportion taxes, make appropriations, and adopt budgets; to establish strategic plans to guide organizational performance; and to appoint the County Manager and certain offices, boards and commissions.

Elections Issues

The Board of County Commissioners is composed of seven members, each of whom is elected on a non-partisan basis to a four-year term. To ensure equitable community representation, the county is partitioned into six separate but contiguous districts of nearly equal population, with one Member elected from each district. As "citizen legislators," the six district commissioners serve in a part-time capacity in order to maintain close ties to their districts. To view a map of the six commission districts, or to locate your district, please click here.

The seventh member is elected from a district which comprises the total population and geographic boundary of the county and serves a four-year term in office as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and Chief Elected Official of the Johnson County Government. To learn more about the Chairman, please click here. Elections are held in November of even-numbered years, with newly elected or re-elected Members officially inducted on the second Monday of the following January. No more than half of the total seats stand for election in any single election. County Commissioners must be citizens of the United States, registered electors of the state, and residents of their district for at least one year prior to election and throughout their respective terms in office. For more information about elections, election issues, or to register to vote, please visit the Election Commissioner's website or contact that office at 913) 782-3441.

Meetings

The BOCC meets every Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the hearing room on the third floor of the County Administration Building located at 111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe. The weekly session schedule includes the voting meeting as well as formal policy review and study sessions and the presentation of various reports and other matters concerning the county government. The weekly sessions are open to the public, as provided under the Kansas Open Meetings Act. As part of the business meeting each week, members of the public are welcome to address the Board of County Commissioners on subjects of concern that involve the county government and its service to the Johnson County community. For information about the weekly session schedule, please contact the Clerk of the Board at (913) 715-0430 or click here for more information.

Organization & Meetings

The Board of County Commissioners convenes in annual session on the second Monday in January, or within 30 days of that date, to organize its membership for the coming year. By long-standing tradition, newly elected and re-elected members are installed, or sworn-in, on the second Monday of January following election. The chief judge of the Tenth Judicial District Court presides over the ceremonies and administers the oath of office to each newly installed member of the Board of County Commissioners.

The regular sessions of the Board of County Commissioners are held each week on Thursday beginning at 9:30 a.m. The weekly session schedule includes the voting meeting as well as formal policy review and study sessions and the presentation of various reports and other matters concerning the county government. The weekly sessions are open to the public, as provided under the Kansas Open Meetings Act. As part of the business meeting each week, members of the public are welcome to address the Board of County Commissioners on subjects of concern that involve the county government and its service to the Johnson County community.

For information about the weekly session schedule, please contact the Clerk of the Board at (913) 715-0430.

Overview of the Board

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is composed of seven members. Each commissioner represents one of the six districts on the map above and the chairman represents the entire county. They are elected by voters to serve a four-year term.

The BOCC has the exclusive power to enact, amend, and repeal public policies; to levy and apportion taxes, make appropriations, and adopt budgets; to establish strategic plans to guide organizational performance; and to appoint the County Manager and certain offices, boards and commissions.