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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Johnson County Government plants edible tree gardens
October 24, 2014

Johnson County Government is committed to improving the health of all Johnson County residents by improving access to healthy foods in the community. A partnership with Access to Healthy Foods Coalition and the Giving Grove was formed in 2012 to pursue opportunities to grow micro orchards on County property. As part of this initiative, employees, clients and residents took part in planting thirty-three trees including apples, pears, and peaches at the WIC Community Garden in Olathe and the Adult Residential Center in Gardner on October 23 and 24. The trees are estimated to produce fruit in three years.
 
The fruit harvested will be donated to local food pantries in Johnson County and to Safe Home. Residents of ARC and WIC volunteers will not only have access to freshly harvested produce, but will also learn skills to grow vegetables and fruit trees in their own gardens and feed their families for years to come.
 
The Giving Grove is a program of the Kansas City Community Garden, a non-profit organization that provides self-help and educational assistance to low-income people, children and community groups in the KC metropolitan area to grow their own food.
 
The day is also a part of National Food Day (Oct. 24), a celebration of healthy, sustainable, and affordable food.

Saving for retirement is easier than you think
October 23, 2014

Just 20 percent of American workers say they are very confident about their retirement security. And now that people are living longer, we will need to put more in our retirement savings accounts. In honor of National Save for Retirement Week, here are some tips from Johnson County Government's Treasury and Financial Management department.

  • Make a financial plan and review it annually. Changes in your life may mean that you have more or less money. Plan for possible adjustments to your plan, including inflation.
  • Make a bucket list of the things you want to do in retirement. This will make it more likely that you’ll save for them.
  • Try living for one year on your retirement budget. If you can’t do it for a year, what needs to change so that you can do it for 30 years?
  • Pay off your mortgage before retirement. If you expect to downsize to a smaller house in retirement, consider doing it sooner rather than later.
  • Take advantage of any employer-sponsored savings plan. Matching contributions and tax incentives make an employer-sponsored plan one of the smartest ways you can save.
  • Postpone taking social security benefits. The longer you wait, the bigger your monthly check.

The International City Management Association Retirement Corporation has a list of small savings that can add up to a big nest egg.

Advance voting is underway for Nov. 4 General Election
October 22, 2014

Advance voting by mail for the November 4, 2014 General Election began October 15. Advance voting in person began October 20, 2014.

More information about advance voting and the November 4 general Election:

Mobile Election Notification

"Where do I vote on Election Day?" In Johnson County, Kansas, your cell phone has the answer. Text VOTEKS, your address and ZIP to 74574. Within 60 seconds a return message displays your polling place name and address. See how it works.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Johnson County Election Office at election@jocoelection.org, call 913-782-3441, or visit www.jocoelection.org.

JCPRD Trout Stocking scheduled for Oct. 22
October 17, 2014

It's time again to add 4,000 pounds of squirming rainbow trout to three Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes.
The stockings will take place Wednesday, Oct. 22, at each respective lake's boat ramp.

  • Kill Creek Park (11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe) will begin at 1:30 p.m.
  • Heritage Park (16050 Pflumm, Olathe) will begin at 2:30 p.m.
  • Shawnee Mission Park (7900 Renner Road, Shawnee) will begin at 3:45 p.m

Kill Creek and Heritage Parks will both be stocked with about 1,000 pounds of trout each and Shawnee Mission Park will be stocked with about 2,000 pounds of trout.

All three lakes will then be closed to fishing until 5 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Before fishing for trout in JCPRD waters, here's what you need to know:

  • Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license.
  • Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit.
  • All persons, regardless of age or residency must also possess a JCPRD trout permit. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch (up to a daily limit of four) or release the trout you catch.

Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.
The district's rainbow trout program is entirely supported by funds collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits.

For more information on this program, contact the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park at 9130-888-4713. The center is open seven days a week.

Senior Fest will be Thursday, Oct. 23
October 15, 2014

Senior Fest offers an opportunity for older residents to enjoy live local entertainment, play bingo, learn more about what our community has to offer, and possibly win a door prize!

The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th Street, Overland Park. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s 50 Plus Department, this is the event's fourth year in late October.

For more information, call 913-826-3032 or visit the district’s website at www.jcprd.com

Safehome a beacon of hope for domestic abuse victims
October 14, 2014

Domestic violence spans all social-economic demographics, all ages, and all different types of lifestyles, religions, races, and ethnicities. It affects both the rich and the poor. Safehome provides a confidential, safe, and healing atmosphere for all of them. The domestic violence shelter helped 8,767 victims through its services in 2013.

For 30 years, Safehome has served as a beacon of hope and safety for victims of domestic violence since opening its first shelter with 15 beds. A new facility, which opened in 2006, houses 45 women and children. The shelter often is filled to capacity and beyond, but no one is turned away in time of crisis or need. The shelter finds a place for every woman and child who seeks help. Victims range from newborns to teens, mothers of all ages, and occasionally victims of elder abuse.

In 2013, 172 women and 139 children were sheltered at Safehome, totaling 16,421 “safe nights.” The average stay was 50 days.

The facility, however, is more than a shelter. Services at Safehome include:

  • operating a 24-7 hotline that received 4,256 calls in 2013
  • counseling to 1,141 women and children last year
  • spearheading domestic violence advocacy in Johnson County and Miami County courts
  • offering on-call support for victims being treated in local hospitals, helping 212 clients in 2013
  • assisting 987 clients last year in Johnson County District Court
  • providing prevention education in the community and schools, serving 20,402 people, including 6,342 students, in 2013.

Services also include a Latina Outreach program that assisted 355 clients last year. Safehome staff includes six bilingual employees.

In 2013, the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office filed 1,640 cases of domestic violence. Two domestic violence homicides occurred last year along with one attempted homicide. Through early September this year, 1,109 domestic violence cases have been filed. None involved homicides.

Each stat, each case represents a real person – a mother or grandmother, children or grandchildren, a friend, co-worker, or perhaps a neighbor. Most victims of domestic violence do not make the TV news or headlines but they can all seek help at Safehome.

24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 913-262-2868