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Board of County Commissioners

Phone: 913-715-0430

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Board Chairman

Ed Eilert

913-715-0500 | ed.eilert@jocogov.org

board chairmanAs a resident of Johnson County and Overland Park for more than four decades, it is my honor to serve as your elected Chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners for a second term after serving as Fourth District Commissioner for four years.

It is the goal of the Board of Commissioners to diligently serve the citizens and visitors of Johnson County by addressing all issues and concerns in a timely manner. One way we do this is by continually striving to find better ways to deliver the services our citizens have the right to expect and deserve. Your input concerning issues and concerns before the Board is important in assisting me, as your Chairman, and my fellow commissioners in making the best decisions.

This website and the websites of the six District Commissioners are another example of how we are reaching out to our citizens and making your County Government more accessible, transparent, and accountable. So whether you are seeking information about public services or checking the date of the next commission meeting, we hope that you will always think to check our websites first and stay informed!

About the Chairman

I share a bond by calling Johnson County, and Overland Park, my home for more than four decades. Your input concerning issues before the Board is important in assisting the commissioners in making the best decisions.

For most of my adult life, I have dedicated myself to public service at the community level, spanning 28 years as an Overland Park City Councilman (4 years) and 24 years as mayor, as well as 4 years as Fourth District Commissioner. My commitment is to work hard and do the very best I can as your chairman to continue that opportunity, not only for those who reside here today but also for future generations.

The excellent schools of Johnson County were the magnet that attracted me to come to Johnson County in 1965 when I moved to Overland Park from Emporia, Kansas, where I lived while teaching business classes at Lebo High School. I came to the county to become a business teacher at Shawnee Mission East High School. A year later, I left teaching to pursue my longtime career as a financial consultant.

Johnson County provides an excellent quality of life and remains a jewel that deserves good stewardship, wise leadership, constant respect, and close attention to the citizen’s voice on important issues that affect their lives. While focused on the needs of the Fourth District, I will remain committed to sustaining the quality of life currently associated with living and working in Johnson County.

Public safety and criminal justice, public works, transportation, human services, taxes, cooperation between local governments, and job opportunities are some of the challenging community issues that must be addressed by the Board of County Commissioners. Successfully addressing these challenges will require being accessible and responsive to my constituents and receiving their thoughts and opinions.

Duties

Under the auspices of the Home Rule Charter, the Chairman is elected by popular ballot to a four-year term of office, thereby assuming the position of highest authority in Johnson County Government as its Chief Elected Official.

As the Chief Elected Official, the Chairman represents the entire community. Functioning in a capacity similar to that of a city mayor, the Chairman is thus responsible for ensuring that all laws, policies, and regulations applicable to the operation of Johnson County Government are faithfully enforced and for providing leadership in the development of a future vision for the Johnson County community. The Chairman serves as a focal point for the articulation and resolution of important community issues, and she communicates the community's priorities at local, regional, state, and national levels.

Duties of the Chairman
The Chairman’s duties can be divided into three broad categories, which are listed below. For more information, select from this listing to learn more about the official duties of the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners:

Presiding Officer of the Governing Body
With the gavel in hand, the Chairman presides over the proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners, preserving order and, more importantly, ensuring that the majority is able to transact the business of the County Government while at the same time protecting the right of the minority to be heard. It is in this capacity that the Chairman serves primus inter pares, or "first among equals," in a collection of dynamic elected leaders.

Chief Elected Official and Administrative Oversight
As Chief Elected Official, the Chairman collaborates with community leaders and stakeholders to identify, prioritize, and develop policy proposals aimed at enhancing and improving the quality of life enjoyed by Johnson Countians. The Chairman, being elected to represent the entire community, is thus responsible for the general activity of the County Government and the effectiveness of its operations.

Ambassador of Johnson County Government
The Chairman is the official representative of the Johnson County Government, serving in a dual role as the organization’s principle spokesperson and as a public advocate.

Commissioner Information

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Board Chairman: Ed Eilert

As a resident of Johnson County and Overland Park for more than four decades, it is my honor to serve as your elected Chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners after serving as Fourth District Commissioner for four years.

district one commissioner

First District: Ronald L. "Ron" Shaffer

As your First District commissioner, I appreciate your interest in your local government and look forward to hearing about your interests, concerns, ideas, and views on how I can better serve the First District and the Johnson County community as a member of the Board of County Commissioners.

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Second District: Jim Allen

The Second District is defined by flourishing communities and neighborhoods, award-winning schools, and a vibrant business community. The cities of Shawnee and Lake Quivira and the northern half of Lenexa are included in the Second District, along with a small southeast portion of Bonner Springs.

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Third District: Steven C. Klika

As the Third District Commissioner, my job is to represent the needs, interests and priorities of my constituents, which include portions of Leawood, Overland Park and Spring Hill and the southeastern unincorporated areas that includes the Aubry and Oxford townships. 

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Fourth District: Jason Osterhaus

It is my honor to serve as your elected Fourth District commissioner. Your voice, concerns, and thoughts regarding issues before the Board are important to me in making the best decisions for the constituents I serve and for the community we share.

district five commissioner

Fifth District: Michael Ashcraft

As your Fifth District commissioner, I appreciate your interest in your local government and look forward to hearing about your interests, concerns, ideas, and views on how I can better serve the Fifth District and the Johnson County community as a member of the Board of County Commissioners.

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Sixth District: John Toplikar

As the Sixth District commissioner, keeping Johnson County an affordable place to live and to serve the citizens of the Sixth District are my top priorities as an elected representative on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.

 

District 1 Commissioner

Ronald L. "Ron" Shaffer

913-715-0431 | Ron.Shaffer@jocogov.org

district one commissionerFirst District County Commissioner Ron Shaffer served four, four-year terms as mayor of the City of Prairie Village, Kansas. He previously served on the Prairie Village City Council from 1989 to 1999.

Ron is a registered Architect in Kansas, Missouri and twenty-five other states.  He is President of his firm, RLS Architects. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from Kansas State University.

He has served as the Chair of the Mid-America Regional Council's Board of Directors and on the Johnson and Wyandotte Counties Council of Mayors.  
Ron has been a member of Kiwanis International since 1975, where he has held various leadership positions including President of his Kiwanis Club, Lieutenant Governor of Division Four and Governor of the Missouri / Arkansas District of International Kiwanis.
  
He is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration, the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Kansas State Alumni Association and the Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Association.

Mayor Shaffer and his wife of 41 years, Jeannine, have three children Whitney Medellin (Vince) age 31, Drew age 26 and Kelsey age 21.

2016 Board/Committee Assignments as County Commissioner:

  • Plannning Commission
  • Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee
  • Stormwater Management Advisory Council
  • MARC--Board (second appointment)

Ron has served the community on various other boards:

•    Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Board of Directors 
•    National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) Board of Directors 
•    Johnson County Charter Commission 
•    Johnson & Wyandotte Counties Council of Mayors

District 2 Commissioner

James (Jim) P. Allen

913-715-0432 | jim.allen@jocogov.org

district two commissionerThe Second District, which covers the upper north-central sector of Johnson County, is defined by flourishing communities and neighborhoods, award-winning schools, and a vibrant business community. The cities of Shawnee and Lake Quivira and the northern half of Lenexa are included in the Second District, along with a small southeast portion of Bonner Springs.

About the Commissioner

Term Information:

  • Second Term Expires on January 9, 2017
  • Sworn into Office on January 12, 2009

2016 Board/Committee Assignments as County Commissioner:

  • Library Board
  • Commission on Aging
  • Solid Waste Management Committee
  • MARC 911 Committee

Education:

  • Emporia State University, Bachelor of Arts
  • Rockhurst College, Masters in Business Administration

Occupation:

  • State Farm Insurance Agent
  • Former Mayor of Shawnee, 1993-2004

Biography

Commissioner Jim Allen is a Second District native – born and reared in Shawnee where he continues to work and live.

He attended elementary and secondary school at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, where he has been a lifelong member, and received degrees from Johnson County Community College (AA degree in 1971), Emporia State University (B.A. degree in 1973), and Rockhurst College (MBA degree in 1978).

Allen has been a State Farm Insurance agent for 37 years. He served as mayor of Shawnee from 1993-2004 and represented Ward 1 on the Shawnee City Council from 1989-1993 and Ward 4 from 1983-1987.

He has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce and has been chairman of the Shawnee Sister Cities Committee since 2006. He also was a Grand Knight in the Shawnee Council Knights of Columbus from 1984-86.

Jim and his wife Julie have four sons – Zack, Josh, Nick, and Justin, and three grandchildren - Abby, Reese and Flynn.

District 3 Commissioner

Steve Klika

913-715-0433 | steve.klika@jocogov.org

district three commissionerWelcome to the homepage of Johnson County’s Third Commission District and my interactive website where you can review my efforts in effectively representing the needs and interests of the Third District, my performance as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, and my service to my constituents.

I am excited to have the opportunity to be working with you as your Third District representative and to work tirelessly on your behalf. There is always a lot of going on in Johnson County, especially in the Third District, and I want you and all Johnson County residents to be well informed about everything that affects our district and our community.

In doing so, I appreciate your interest in and interaction with County Government, and encourage you to actively engage with your community. That’s because I believe that, working together, we can and do make a positive difference in the development and quality of life that define our community. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

About the Commissioner

Term Information:

  • First term expires on January 9, 2017
  • Sworn into Office on January 14, 2013

2016 Board/Committee Assignments as County Commissioner:

  • Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Aubry-Oxford Consolidated Zoning Board
  • South-Central Consolidated Zoning Board
  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Representative
  • Workforce Investment Board

Biography

Steve Klika assumed the duties of representing the Third District on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners on January 10, 2013. His term ends in January 2017.
He has served on the Blue Valley Board of Education since 2005, including being board president during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years and board vice president during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years. He did not seek re-election in the 2013 Spring Elections on April 2.

Also in 2005, he was appointed to the Board of Directors for Johnson County Transit, serving as chair for several years, and was named a member of the Kansas City Area Transit Authority, including serving as treasurer.

Commissioner Klika has also served as:

  • Past president and chairman of Global Passenger Network;
  • Co-chair of Johnson County’s transportation strategic plan development task force;
  • Board member of the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association;
  • Board member of the Blue Valley Educational Foundation; and,
  • Past board member of SafeHome.

Klika is a partner with Keystone Futures, LLC. Prior to that he was president of Adkore Staffing Mega Force in Overland Park and president of the International Motor Coach Group, Inc. in Overland Park for 11 years.

Klika and his wife, Amber, have three children, Marcus, Katie and Brady. The family lives in Overland Park.

District 4 Commissioner

Jason Osterhaus

913-715-0434 | jason.osterhaus@jocogov.org

district four commissionerThe Fourth District of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners and the city of Overland Park share a common bond. It’s the only district with boundaries contained within one city, and that city is Overland Park.

I, too, share in that bond by calling Johnson County, and Overland Park, my home for more than a decade. It is my honor to serve as your elected Fourth District commissioner. Your voice, concerns, and thoughts regarding issues before the Board are important to me in making the best decisions for the constituents I serve and for the community we share.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.

About the Commissioner

Term Information:

  • Second Term expires on January 14, 2019
  • Sworn into office on January 10, 2011

2016 Board/Committee Assignments as County Commissioner:

  • Developmental Supports Governing Board
  • Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board
  • MARC - Air Quality Board
  • Workforce Investment Board
  • Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority

Education:

  • Graduate of Park College, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, Minor in History

Biography

Jason Osterhaus has lived in Overland Park for more than a decade and has supported the community through various ministries and non-profit organizations. His most substantial contributions have come through his efforts with the Kansas City Young Adults and as a board member of St. Sebastian Sports.

After graduating from Park University in 1998 with a degree in Communications, he worked for five years in the finance department, of Sprint's wireless division, Sprint PCS. Following that experience, he began serving in various roles for the Arch-Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Jason, who is an Eagle Scout, also currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Membership for the Johnson County Young Republicans.

District 5 Commissioner

Michael Ashcraft

913-715-0435 | michael.ashcraft@jocogov.org

district five commissionerThe Fifth District of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners comprises three of the most successful and fastest growing communities in the Kansas City metropolitan region. The district includes the eastern half of Olathe, southeastern tip of Lenexa, and a sliver of the western portion of Overland Park.

As your Fifth District commissioner, I appreciate your interest in your local government and look forward to hearing about your interests, concerns, ideas, and views on how I can better serve the Fifth District and the Johnson County community as a member of the Board of County Commissioners.

About the Commissioner

Term Information:

  • Second Term expires on January 14, 2019
  • Sworn into office on January 10, 2011

2016 Board/Committee Assignments as County Commissioner:

  • Airport Commission Governing Board
  • Transportation Council
  • MARC Total Transportation Policy Committee
  • Metropolitan Culture Commission (Bi-State)

Education:

  • University of Kansas Graduate Studies in Public Administration, 2009-2010
  • Master's Degree in Public Administration, University of Alabama

Occupation:

  • Ashcraft & Associates, Principal
  • ETC Institute, Senior Transformational (management) Consultant 2009-Present

Biography

Michael L. Ashcraft works as a consultant with various organizational management teams applying over 20 years of experience working with state and local governments and private sector companies. He served with the Illinois Auditor General's Office before creating the expanded scope audit function for the City of Tulsa, OK and serving as the first legislative post-audit City Auditor for Scottsdale, AZ. Later, he was Comptroller for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, he also served as Team Leader of the Education Committee charged with re-engineering statewide education efforts for the Oklahoma Governor's Performance Improvement Team.

From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Ashcraft was the Organizational Effectiveness Consultant with the City of Olathe, KS. He led award-winning community based strategic planning efforts for Olathe in 2000 and 2003. He also developed and led an award winning facilitation program which received recognition both regionally and nationally.

Currently, as the Principal of his own firm (Ashcraft & Associates) and a Senior Consultant with ETC Institute, Ashcraft offers tailored consulting services for public and private sector leaders who are concerned about people and process issues. He employs a wide variety of techniques and tools acquired throughout his diverse career to enable leaders to meet the challenges they face while building relationships and improving performance. Ashcraft focuses on enhancing attitude, aptitude and altitude for individuals, groups and communities.

District 6 Commissioner

John Toplikar

913-715-0436 | john.toplikar@jocogov.org

district six commissionerThe Sixth District includes the bulk of Johnson County’s unincorporated areas that stretch to the southern and western county lines. It is an area marked by the traditions and hallmarks of original small towns. Approximately 40 percent of the county’s 477 square miles remains unincorporated, even though Johnson County’s population has passed the half-million mark! In addition to the rural area, the Sixth District includes the communities of Gardner, De Soto, and Edgerton, along with the western portions of the city of Olathe. The district also includes the townships of Gardner, Lexington, McCamish, and Olathe.

About the Commissioner

Term Information:

  • First term expires on January 9, 2017
  • Sworn into Office on January 14, 2013

2016 Board/Committee Assignments as County Commissioner:

  • Mental Health Advisory Board
  • Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board
  • Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board
  • Investment Review Group (2-year liaison)

Biography

A lifelong Kansan and native of Olathe, Commissioner John Toplikar, a residential carpenter, has been a tireless public servant for more than two decades and now proudly serves the western half and southwest corner of Johnson County.

He assumed the duties of representing the Sixth District on the Board of Commissioners on January 10, 2013. His term ends in January 2017. He served as Sixth District commissioner from 2003 to 2009. He was vice chairman of the board in 2004 and 2007.

Throughout his career, Toplikar has demonstrated a genuine commitment to public service during his tenure at city, county and state levels of government. During his two years (at-large) as a member of the Olathe City Council (1989-1991), in representing the Fifteenth District in the Kansas House of Representatives (1993-2003), and during his first term as Sixth District commissioner, Toplikar has always worked to represent views "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

The insights and experiences gained in his many years in elected office and community service have afforded him a greater understanding of the issues of critical importance to his constituents. He has made fiscal accountability a top personal priority as he works to ensure the delivery of quality services and the essential programs of county government.

“Keeping Johnson County an affordable place to live is a top priority in my role as a county commissioner,” says Toplikar. He has also made a top priority the enhancement of key components of county infrastructure, including roads and public safety.

In addition to the demands and responsibilities of his career and elected office, Toplikar has also earned a reputation as a community volunteer with the Knights of Columbus, Special Olympics, and the American Heart Association. He and his devoted wife, Dianne, are the parents of a son, John Paul. The family lives in Olathe.

Former Commissioners

The Board of County Commissioners is comprised of seven members, a chairman and six district commissioners. Prior to seven members it was a five-member board, including a chairman appointed annually and four district commissioners.

Former Chairs:

1978 - Robert C. Bacon
1979 - John J. Franke, Jr.
1980 - Clay L. Wirt
1981 - Robert C. Bacon
1982 - Johnna Lingle
1983 - William E. Franklin
1984 - Bruce R. Craig
1985 - Janet D. Leick
1986 - Kent E. Crippin
1987 - Johnna Lingle
1988 - William E. Franklin
1989 - Bruce R. Craig
1990 - Murray L. Nolte
1991 - Danny Hosfield
1992 - Johnna Lingle
1993 - Sue E. Weltner
1994 - Bruce R. Craig
1995 - Annabeth Surbaugh
1996 - Elaine Beckers-Braun
1997 - Johnna Lingle
1998 - David C. Wysong
1999 - George R. Gross
2000 - Annabeth Surbaugh
2001 - Douglas E. Wood
2002 - Susie Wolf
2003 - Annabeth Surbaugh**
2011 - Ed Eilert
** First countywide elected Chairman of the Board under the auspices of the Home Rule Charter.

Former Members:

District No. 1

1861 - W. B. Maupin
1862 - A. H. Sheeds
1864 - D. M. Williams
1868 - B. Hollenback
1870 - William H. Brady
1872 - Thomas Douglass
1874 - J. E. Bernard
1876 - L. F. Watts
1878 - Thomas Douglass
1879 - C. Zehring
1885 - David Hunt
1888 - P. G. Cross
1891 - A. N. Edgington
1894 - Lewis W. Breyfogle
1897 - W. S. Speer
1903 - J. E. Young
1907 - Robert Baker
1911 - A. J. Calvert
1915 - J. W. Jones
1927 - B. F. Stanton
1931 - Louis O. Krumm
1947 - H. M. Beckett
1949 - Martin J. Ziegler
1959 - Carl Standiford
1967 - Rex F. Price
1975 - William B. Stringer
1975 - Clay L. Wirt
1981 - Jeffrey P. Hillelson
1983 - William E. Franklin
1989 - Sue E. Weltner
1996 - David C. Wysong
1999 - Gary A. Anderson
2003 - C. Edward Peterson
2015 - Ronald L. "Ron" Shaffer

District No. 2

1861 - A. Payne
1862 - G. W. Roberts
1864 - Evan Shriver
1866 - W. C. Smith
1868 - John Brady
1872 - J. B. Marshall
1874 - J. H. Hibbard
1878 - T. G. Stephenson
1883 - D. P. Hougland
1892 - Samuel McPherson
1898 - I. H. Segate
1901 - S. W. Allison
1909 - Harry King, Sr.
1913 - W. W. Anderson
1917 - George Ellis
1921 - Wyatt E. Hayes
1929 - J. O. Johnson
1937 - J. S. Steed
1941 - Ollie Turner
1945 - George Russell
1957 - Herman F. Higgins
1961 - Harry King, Jr.
1965 - Kenneth J. Heard
1969 - Victor W. Kearns, Jr.
1973 - John J. Franke, Jr.
1981 - Johnna Lingle
2001 - Susie Wolf
2005 - John Segale
2009 - Jim Allen

District No. 3

1861 - Leonard Bradbury
1862 - E. Mason
1865 - Thomas Hogan
1866 - C. L. Dille
1868 - John Fulcher
1870 - H. W. McClintock
1874 - V. R. Ellis
1876 - Alex Miller
1878 - Thomas Pearce
1881 - A. Fritz
1887 - R. R. Moore
1890 - I. D. Hibner
1896 - C. K. Dow
1899 - John T. Cramer
1905 - John W. Perkins
1909 - Joe Hibner
1913 - F. M. Gordon
1917 - W. T. Turner
1921 - C. W. Skinner
1925 - Fred Thomas
1929 - Frank Moore
1935 - Ollie Turner
1937 - L. R. Penner
1953 - Clyde L. Curry
1957 - Harry King, Jr.
1961 - Herman F. Higgins
1969 - Robert R. Davis
1977 - Robert C. Bacon
1985 - Kent E. Crippin
1990 - Danny L. Hosfield
1993 - Annabeth Surbaugh
2003 - David A. Lindstrom
2013 - Steven C. Klika

District No. 4

1983 – Janet D. Leick
1986 – Joan Bengtson
1987 – Murray L. Nolte
1994 – Elaine Beckers-Braun
1998 – George R. Gross
2003 - Dolores Furtado
2007 - Ed Eilert
2011 - Jason Osterhaus

District No. 5

1983 - Bruce R. Craig
1998 - Douglas E. Wood
2011 - Michael Ashcraft

District No. 6

2003 - John M. Toplikar
2009 - Calvin Hayden
2013 - John M. Toplikar