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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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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.

Dispatcher saves community member with CPR over the phone
December 11, 2018

Diana Nickel suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while she was in Olathe watching her grandchildren. Her husband, Paul, called 911 and reached Emergency Communications Specialist Ashley Yockey. After gathering information about the location and nature of the emergency so she could dispatch emergency personnel, Yockey guided Paul through performing hands only CPR on his wife.

Dr. Ryan Jacobson, EMS medical director for Johnson County, resides close to the address and was the first responder on the scene. Once he arrived, he deployed his AED.

Diana was eventually transported to the hospital and was released just a few days later, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The Nickels have repeatedly shared their gratitude for both Yockey and Dr. Jacobson, including the bouquet pictured above with the numbers 1-2-3-4 in honor of the compressions count for CPR.

Johnson County MED-ACT provides AED and hands-only CPR training to groups in the community. Interested parties can reach out to the MED-ACT community education specialist at 913-715-1981.

Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications manages countywide emergency communications systems and dispatch services. Operations is responsible for the processing of emergency and non-emergency calls for assistance received on E911 (Enhanced 911) and 10-digit phone lines. Operations dispatches FIRE and EMS in Johnson County and EMS in Miami County

New background check requirement for child care providers starts Dec. 3
December 7, 2018

Beginning this month, child care providers in Kansas applying for or renewing a license are legally required to submit to a comprehensive background check, including fingerprints, for each individual residing, working or regularly volunteering in a licensed child care home, daycare center or school-age program. Previously, background screening was only done for the State of Kansas; now the screening is done nationally.

This is a federal requirement that is intended to reduce the risk of abuse or neglect of children in regulated out-of-home child care settings. It also gives parents peace of mind that the individuals caring for their children do not have prior records of behavior that could endanger children.

Department of Health and Environment Child Care Licensing staff is working closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and local law enforcement agencies to make the process of completing the background check paperwork and fingerprinting smooth and efficient for providers. Many agencies will fingerprint child care providers for free or a nominal charge and without an appointment.

Child care providers who complete the license application or renewal process and receive their email or letter identifying who needs the comprehensive background screening, can pick up background check packets at the Child Care Licensing office located at 11811 S. Sunset Dr., Suite 2700, Olathe, during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

Providers must bring their renewal email or letter to pick up the packet(s) for their child care business. This is required for both home providers and facilities.

Questions about how to complete the background check paperwork or the fingerprinting process can be directed to the Child Care Licensing Division at 913-477-8339 or visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s website.

Help is still available before Medicare deadline Dec. 7
December 6, 2018

The Medicare Open Enrollment deadline is almost here. Johnson County residents who still have questions and need some guidance can get free help only a phone call away.  Johnson County K-State Research and Extension offers personalized assistance to county residents through plan comparisons. This service is available throughout the enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 7, 2018.

It is recommended that most people enroll in Medicare when they turn 65, even if they have health insurance from an employer. There are only certain times of the year when people can enroll. People should sign up three months before their 65th birthday, whether they want to begin receiving benefits or not. If you are new to Medicare or require additional assistance, you can get free counseling during the open enrollment period from extension agent Denise Dias. Call 913-715-7000 with questions or to make an appointment, or contact the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) Hotline at 1-800-860-5260.

Developmental Supports hosts Holiday Art Sale
December 4, 2018

Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) Emerging Artists Program will host its annual Holiday Art Sale on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and enjoy refreshments, conversations with the artists and a chance to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces of art. The sale will take place at Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, located at 8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212.

The JCDS Emerging Artists Program exists to develop the skills of Emerging Artists so that they may reach their full potential and receive income through the sale of their art. It provides an opportunity for this group to build meaningful relationships with professional artists in settings that are typical for those who are part of the local art community. The Emerging Artists are in varying stages of their artistic development and have all expressed a strong passion and enthusiasm for creating art. Creating art has also provided an opportunity to earn money in an industry that is not typically an option for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.