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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Are you registered to vote for the General Election?
October 3, 2016

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Voter registration in Johnson County ends Oct. 18. Voters who changed their name or address will need to complete a new voter registration application.

Voting by mail begins Oct. 19. Voters need to complete an application for an advance voting ballot by mail. All mail ballots must be returned to the Johnson County Election Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Advancing voting in person starts Oct. 24 at six Johnson County locations, including:

Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center (construction site)
8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park (temporary entrance on 89th Street)

Hilltop Campus – Blue Valley 
7700 West 143rd Street, Overland Park

Johnson County Northeast Offices
6000 Lamar Avenue, Mission  

Okun Field House
20200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee

Johnson County Sunset Office Building
11811 South Sunset Drive, Olathe  

Johnson County Election Office
2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe

Kansas law requires that all voters show photo identification to vote in advance and at the polls. If a voter is registering for the first time in Kansas, he or she must submit evidence of U.S. citizenship. 

For more information or questions about voting, contact the Johnson County Election Office by calling 913-715-6800, emailing at election@jocoelection.org or visiting jocoelection.org, facebook.com/jocoelection or twitter.com/jocoelection.

Susan Pekarek hired as new JCW general manager
March 15, 2017

Susan Pekarek, chief engineer at Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) for the past three years and a 15-year employee with the department, has been named the new general manager of JCW providing sanitary sewer service to more than 400,000 customers throughout the county.

She succeeds John P. O’Neil, who retired from JCW on July 1, ending a 27-year career with Johnson County. During the county’s national search for his replacement, Pekarek served as the interim manager of the department.

A resident of Overland Park, Pekarek will assume her new duties September 25.

The selection of the new wastewater administrator was announced by Deputy County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson.

“Susan Pekarek has long served the residents of Johnson County in her role with JCW. She has demonstrated leadership, knowledge, professionalism, and hard work in wastewater operations,” Postoak Ferguson said. “The county will continue to benefit from her incredible value as a well-respected wastewater professional, a team player, a team leader, and a dedicated county employee. She’s a good fit to fill big shoes.”

In her new role, Pekarek will oversee the $280 million Tomahawk Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion project which is the largest project JCW will have completed in its 70 year history. Overall, she will oversee assets in excess of $2 billion.

“I am very excited about the challenges and opportunities for community service this position offers,” Pekarek said. “Johnson County Wastewater is recognized as one of the best wastewater utilities in the nation and I look forward to working with the excellent staff at JCW to continue that tradition.”

Pekarek has served as chief engineer, including overseeing the Asset Management, Planning and Public Projects Division, since 2013. She joined JCW in 2001 as a managing engineer in the Engineering and Operations and Maintenance Divisions along with assisting in three major wastewater treatment plant expansions totaling more than $100 million.

Before joining Johnson County, Pekarek began her professional career in 1997 as an environmental engineer at Burns and McDonnell where she worked for four years.

She received a bachelor’s degree (1996) in civil engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree (1997), also from KSU, in civil engineering with an environmental focus.

Her professional memberships and collaborations include the Core 4 Blue River Watershed Integrated Planning Task Force, the Kansas Water Environmental Association and Water Environmental Research Federation.

Johnson County Wastewater is responsible for the safe collection, transportation, and treatment of wastewater generated by more than 139,000 residential, industrial, and commercial accounts.

JCW operates a total treatment capacity of nearly 64 million gallons per day, including six major treatment plants, 31 pump stations, and more than 2,250 miles of wastewater lines that processes more than 18.5 billion gallons of sewage annually. The wastewater system covers a service area of more than 172 square miles and 16 cities. 

Emergency Management practices terror attack
March 15, 2017

Johnson County Emergency Management hosted a day-long emergency exercise on Sept. 21 at the county's Emergency Operations Center.

The scenario involved a simulated terrorist attack with active shooters and massive explosions. In the exercise, the county activated its Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center. Officials collaborated with the cities of Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood, Mission Hills and Johnson County Community College to conduct the disaster exercise, working through countless obstacles along the simulation.

The emergency exercise is part of National Preparedness Month. This month, residents are encouraged to sign up for the county's emergency alerts through NotifyJoCo.org or to update their existing information if they are already signed up.

Employees are encouraged to use the hashtag #NotifyJoCo to post and view social media content of the exercise, or watch various media coverage of the day-long exercise: KCTV5 and 41 Action News.

Storytime with Gary Lezak
September 19, 2016

Join local celebrity and weatherman Gary Lezak for this evening storytime on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m at the Central Resource Library. He'll read from his new book, It's a Sunny Life: An Adventure Fit for Rain or Shine, illustrated by Rob Peters. It's the story of Sunny the Weather Dog who becomes separated from Gary, and she uses the very same information he uses on-air to avoid hazardous weather and make her safe return.

Gary will bring along his furry friends, and of course, no evening storytime is complete without bedtime snacks and books for you to purchase and take home.

If you've tuned in for a weather report with Gary, you already know his passion for both meteorology and dogs, and he brings everyone along to teach us about the weather as well as support nonprofit animal welfare organizations like Wayside Waifs and the Humane Society. Did you know that all of his own pups have been rescues? Bearing names like Stormy, Breezy and Sunny, they join Gary in the community for TV appearances, school visits and now Johnson County Library.

 

Imagine a Day Without Water
September 15, 2016

No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops.

Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. Johnson County Government joins the Value of Water Coalition on September 15, 2016, with a proclamation as we raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.

We all depend on freshwater for drinking, food, energy, work, and play. Our waters are overtapped, but we can fix this! For more information, please visit Imagine a Day Without Water.

Johnson County celebrates Constitution Day
March 15, 2017

On Sept. 17, 1787, our nation’s Founding Fathers signed the Constitution of the United States of America.

This week, Johnson County Government will celebrate the birth of American government with Constitution Day.

Johnson County District Court will host evening Constitution Day events 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, that are open to the public. Nearly 900 elementary through high school students will convene on the courthouse 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 16, for student-focused Constitution Day events. Media are invited to attend both the public and school events.

“We're so pleased to have Appeals Court Judge Arnold-Burger here to discuss the Informed Voter Project on both days,” said District Court Judge Keven O’Grady. “It’s important for us who work in the court system every day to do all we can to help everyone understand what we do and how we do it.  Thursday evening is adult-focused and the public will learn about the Jewish Community Center shooting trial of 2015. For Friday, we're ecstatic with the school response and look forward to hosting hundreds of students ranging from third grade to high school seniors.”

Students and members of the public will meet district court legal professionals, be given a tour of the courthouse and attend a presentation on the three branches of government.

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will proclaim Sept. 17, 2016, as Constitution Day at the Sept. 15 meeting.

The public events on Sept. 15 are as follows:

  • 4 to 8 p.m., help Center open house;
  • 5 to 5:45, courthouse tour;
  • 5 to 8, ask-a-lawyer, hosted by the Johnson County Bar Association and Inns of Court;
  • 5:45 to 6:30, Informed Voters Project with Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Karen Arnold-Burger;
  • 6:30 to 7:15, courthouse tour;
  • 7:15 to 8, attorney panel about 2015 Jewish Community Center shooting trial.

The public is asked to register to attend the courthouse tours by calling 913-715-3300. For special accommodations, please call 913-715-0725 at least 24 hours in advance.

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