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The 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
- 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)
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.