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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., 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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Ground breaking for new medical examiner facility
December 19, 2018

County leaders and other partners and stakeholders donned hard hats and flipped dirt on a cold and drizzly Thursday. A ground breaking ceremony celebrated the construction of Johnson County’s first-ever medical examiner facility.

NEW: Please take a look at our ground breaking video below. We also have information in this news release and photos available here.

 

 

 

Governor signs Radon Awareness Month proclamation
December 18, 2018

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can have serious health consequences, including lung cancer, when excess levels are present in your home. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Johnson County K-State Extension Agent Denise Dias was at the Statehouse, in Topeka, to bring attention to this important issue. She and others with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment joined Lt. Governor Tracey Mann for a proclamation signing ceremony to designate January as Radon Awareness Month.

Dias says radon is prevalent in Johnson County, so it’s important that residents test their homes.

“The average radon test coming back is 5.3, which is over the action level for radon, so, because of that it’s really important to encourage people to test,” Dias said. “And we have a lot of older homes in our county, and even new homes being built should be tested for radon.”

Residents can purchase radon test kits through the K-State Extension office for $8. The kit is left in the house for a couple of days, and then returned for testing. If results show high levels of radon, Dias says addressing the issue is relatively inexpensive and should be done sooner rather than later. 

“The only way to know if you have radon gas in your home is to test, Dias said.  “Even if your neighbor has high levels or low levels, it doesn’t matter. Each home is individual and unique, so that’s why you have to test.”

Contact the K-State Extension Office for a radon kit.

Portion of Cherry Street closed Tuesday, Dec. 18
December 17, 2018

Those who may be headed to downtown Olathe, will want to avoid Cherry Street, from Park to Loula, on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The road will be closed to through vehicular traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the installation of a 3D crosswalk. No detour will be available.
The parking garage, adjacent businesses and on-street parking will be accessible at all times during this construction.  

Updates regarding Johnson County BOCC meetings
December 17, 2018

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will conduct its Dec. 20 meeting offsite in the Olathe City Hall city council chambers, located at 100 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe 66062. The 9:30 a.m. meeting is being relocated due to minor remodeling and improvements in the current county commission board room. The meeting will be broadcast live at live.jocogov.org, however, live video will not be available via the county’s Legislative Information Management System that day.

The board will reconvene in the board room at 111 S. Cherry St., third floor at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 10. The Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 meetings have been cancelled due to the Christmas holiday and the lack of a quorum, respectively.

The swearing in ceremony for the county’s commissioners, Chairman Ed Eilert, Michael Ashcraft – 5th District, Becky Fast – 1st District and Janeé Hanzlick – 4th District, is scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14 in the board room located on the third floor of 111 S. Cherry St.

New assistant county manager appointed
December 13, 2018

Joseph M. Connor has been appointed by County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson to serve as assistant county manager. Joe has served as the assistant county administrator at the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, for nearly five years. Connor will start with the county on Jan.14, 2019.

Connor joined Wyandotte County Government in 1985 as an accountant. He progressed to supervisory positions in the Business Office, and then in June 1997 he became the director of Public Health for the Unified Government. He held that role until April 2014 when he became assistant county administrator. You can read more about him in this news release.

Johnson County Airport Commission Executive Director Aaron Otto has served as the interim assistant county manager since Jan. 1.

"Aaron took on additional work and responsibility while in this post and played a major role in the success and stability of this transitional year," said Postoak Ferguson. "We will miss him in the County Manager's Office and know the airport will be happy to have its executive director back full time. We also want to thank the Airport Commission and staff for taking on additional work during this transition period."

Johnson County receives grant to combat opioid addiction
December 12, 2018

This week, Johnson County was named as one of 16 Kansas county health departments to receive a state grant to address the opioid crisis.

Of the $900,000 in grant funds distributed throughout the state, Johnson County Health and Environment will receive $70,000.

Local health departments will implement numerous strategies with the funding, including providing community education about adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed systems of care and mental health first aid. They will also provide training to health care providers on best practices for prevention and treatment strategies. Other efforts will include raising public awareness, providing education for professionals, engaging emergency departments on protocols and increasing innovation and community-level coordination.

“Our department is partnering with the Johnson County Mental Health Center to implement these strategies,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. “We look forward to raising awareness about this important issue.”

A kickoff event with the grant recipients will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, in Wichita. Johnson County epidemiologist Elizabeth Holzschuh will be in attendance to learn more about the statewide response to the opioid epidemic.

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