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County Manager's Office

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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It's getting hot out there!
June 14, 2016

Hot temperatures are expected across the Kansas City area this week. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  • Do not use a fan as your primary source of cooling. If no AC, visit a public building like a community center.
  • Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives at least twice a day (morning and night).
  • Never leave children or pets in closed vehicles: In minutes, temps inside a car can reach over 140 degrees and can kill.
  •  If you have to work outside or in a no AC workplace, take frequent breaks, rest in the shade and drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid too much sunshine, and postpone outdoor activities and games.

If you need a place to cool off today, feel free to visit one of our Johnson County Library branches. Click here for a listing of the library locations and hours of operations.

Tomorrow, June 15, is the first Ozone Alert Day of the 2016 season. Click here for more details and actions you can take.

Opening Friday: “The Drowsy Chaperone” at The Theatre in the Park
June 13, 2016

When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Grab a blanket or chair and a picnic dinner and share an evening under the stars with family and friends! Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 4-10), and children 3 and under are free. The box office opens at 6:00, gates open at 6:30, and curtain is at 8:30. Visit the theatre’s website at theatreinthepark.org to purchase tickets or for more details.

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 8:30pm to Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 10:30pm

Theatre in the Park location: 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66218

2016 Community Survey reveals high satisfaction
June 13, 2016

Johnson County’s 2016 Community Survey shows that satisfaction levels consistently beat both national averages and averages for other comparable-sized communities. The Overall Satisfaction Index in Johnson County increased over 2015, and is at its highest point since 2009. In addition, the 2016 Satisfaction Rating for the overall quality of county services is 36 percent above the average for large communities (populations above 250,000).

“We are pleased to see that Johnson County is setting the standard for service delivery in the United States, even as we face a growing population with increased needs while we are state funding has decreased,” said Ed Eilert, Chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “Despite those challenges, we strive to make Johnson County a community where residents are proud to live, work, raise their family.

The survey is conducted every year to receive community input on services provided by Johnson County. More than 1,500 residents completed the 2016 survey.

“We rely on the input we receive from this survey and appreciate the time residents take to provide the feedback that guides us on the way we offer programs and services,” said Hannes Zacharias, county manager of Johnson County.

Some highlights:

  • Johnson County residents feel significantly safer than residents of other communities. In 2016, satisfaction with public safety in Johnson County is 91 percent, coming in 9 percent above the national average and 12 percent above the large community average.
  • 96 percent were satisfied with Johnson County as a place to live. The national rate was 83 percent. The rate for large communities was 76 percent;
  • 96 percent were satisfied with Johnson County as a place to raise children. The national rate was 79 percent; large communities was 69 percent; and,
  • 87 percent were satisfied with Johnson County as a place to work. The national rate was 58 percent; large communities’ rating was 72 percent.
  • The highest areas of satisfaction were with Johnson County Library (90 percent), Johnson County Park & Recreation District (87 percent), 69 percent for the county’s motor vehicle registration system and 66 percent for the county’s election.
  • Residents were asked to rate the county services they thought were most important for the county to provide. The top four services were: Ambulance/Emergency Medical Services (MED-ACT), Park & Recreation system, Sheriff’s office and Library system.
  • 72 percent agreed they might be supportive of courthouse improvements if they knew more about the improvements that are needed.

Click here for the full survey results report.

Survey methodology:

ETC Institute of Olathe conducted the 2016 Johnson County Community Survey. This was the seventh community survey since Johnson County started surveying residents in 2005. The survey had 1,513 completed surveys that included at least 220 responses from each of Johnson County’s six districts.

JCDHE helps keep pools safe
June 8, 2016

Did you realize there are currently more than 350 public and semi-public swimming facilities that are permitted and inspected in Johnson County? 

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s swimming pool inspection program promotes public health and safety through enforcing standards for safety, cleanliness and general sanitation for commercially-owned swimming pools, spa pools and public bathing places through the inspection and licensing of all such facilities. Swimming facilities are inspected year round. JCDHE inspects facilities in cities that have adopted the Johnson County Environmental Sanitary Code, which includes Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Olathe, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Stilwell and Westwood. Water quality is ensured through this rigorous inspection program, constant and consistent operator education, and collaboration with community partners.

Click here to learn more about the county's swimming pool inspection program.

Free fire safety education workshop Saturday
June 7, 2016

Safe Kids Johnson County, along with Children’s Mercy Hospital, Johnson County Youth Fire Intervention Team, Safe Kids Metro Kansas City, Charlie’s House, the Geriatric Education Research Training Institute and the BIC Corporation, are offering the “play safe! be safe!” fire safety workshop on Saturday, June 11, 2016. This free workshop is intended for parents, community members, nurses, teachers, child care providers, early childhood educators, social workers, program managers, and fire and life safety educators. 

The workshop is taking place at Children’s Mercy Hospital (Adele Hall Campus, 2401 Gilham Road, Kansas City, MO). Registration starts at 7:45 a.m., and the conference concludes at noon; click here for an agenda and more details about the workshop.

Nurses and social workers may earn four continuing education credits for attending and 3.25 KDHE clock hours for child care providers.

All participants will receive a free “play safe! be safe!” fire education kit. To register or if you have questions about the event, call Katie Schatte at 913-477-8312 or email her at Katie.Schatte@jocogov.org.

Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale this week
June 6, 2016

Things are heating up! Find hot deals on movies, music, books and more at the Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale. Choose from thousands of books, most items 25¢ to $2. Cash, check and credit cards are all accepted.

Wednesday, June 8
12 - 9 p.m.

Thursday, June 9
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday, June 10
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 11
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friends-Only Preview
A current Friends of Johnson County Library membership is required. Memberships can be purchased or renewed on site.

Wednesday, June 8
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Location: Johnson County Community College Gym

12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210-1299

Enter from College Boulevard, take the first right to N. Campus Drive. The Gym is up ahead on the left, and you can park in the lots in front of the Gym.

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