Aaron Otto began serving as acting assistant county manager in January 2018. Prior to that, he was named executive director of Johnson County Airport Commission in January 2017. Before this appointment, he served as interim airport executive director and as assistant to the county manager for Johnson County.
As airport executive director, Otto is responsible for working with county leadership and airport commissioners to oversee flight, railroad, water and business park operations at two of the busiest airports in Kansas — New Century AirCenter and Executive Airport.
Prior to joining Johnson County Government in 2015, Otto was the second-ever city administrator of Roeland Park, Kansas, where he oversaw day-to-day operations and coordinated management of all city departments.
Otto formerly served the state of Kansas as assistant state treasurer and deputy assistant state treasurer as well as on the senior staffs of two governors and two lieutenant governors. He served at the Pentagon and on sea rotations, both in and outside the Navy, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During his time in Washington, D.C., he served as special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense, on the staff of the commander of the Atlantic Fleet, in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy and as the shipbuilding section head for the Chief of Naval Operations.
Otto is a native of Manhattan, Kansas. He attended the London School of Economics, earned a diploma from the Naval War College, a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.
He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, Kansas Association of City/County Management and the American Society of Public Administration.