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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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Don't miss your last chance for night fishing
August 26, 2016

The final overnight fishing opportunity at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, in Shawnee and Lenexa will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27.

From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., the park will be open strictly for fishing, and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. Fishing will be allowed from the bank or watercraft. Park safety officials are advising that state law requires a white light be visible at all times on boats on the water after sunset.

Kansas residents ages 16 to 74, and nonresidents 16 and older, will need to have a state of Kansas fishing license along with all applicable boat tags. In addition, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents age 16 and older must have a Johnson County Park and Recreation Department fishing permit.     

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call 913-888-4713.

JCW again brings home top awards in NACWA recognition
March 15, 2017

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies annually recognizes member facilities with Peak Performance Awards for excellence in permit compliance. The Board of County Commissioners presented Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) with awards during its Aug. 25 session.

Two JCW treatment plants received Platinum Awards—Blue River Main was awarded a Ten Year Award and Mill Creek Regional received a Nine Year Award. The Platinum Awards recognize 100 percent compliance with permits over a consecutive five-year period (Platinum Nine and Ten are for nine and ten consecutive years). 

The remaining JCW plants—Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin, Myron K. Nelson, New Century Air Center and Tomahawk Creek—received Gold Awards, which recognize facilities with no violations for the calendar year.

"JCW is double platinum again! I am so honored to announce that all JCW wastewater treatment plants have received platinum or gold NACWA awards again this year," said Susan Pekarek, interim general manager. "The teams enhance our communities and the environment everyday by being truly dedicated to their work."

Read more about the Peak Performance Awards on the NACWA website

Volunteer opportunities are available across the county
August 25, 2016

Johnson County is a world-class community. It takes the efforts and talents of thousands of employees and volunteers to maintain and delivery services. Many services may go unnoticed, but they are critical to the success, vitality and safety of the community.

We’ve put together a list of volunteer opportunities and activities for people who want to serve the community. There are several county departments looking for enthusiastic assistance along with educational opportunities, and board and commission openings.

For more information on how you can volunteer in the community, take a look at our new volunteer brochure or review opportunities online.

County's Feed the Need exceeds goal for 2016
August 18, 2016

Johnson County Government's employee-led Feed the Need campaign helped fill the shelves of 10 Johnson County food pantries, raising nearly 366,000 pounds of food. The goal this year was 325,000 pounds.

Brad Reinhardt, director of Facilities and Maintenance, and Brian Pietig, director of Public Works/county engineer, served as chairs for the 2016 Feed the Need and made ceremonial check presentations at the Aug. 18 Board of County Commissioners meeting to representatives from the Feed the Need recipient agencies (pictured above). Six food pantries are located in county-operated multi-service centers. The other four recipients are Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, First Christian Church of Olathe, the Shawnee Community Services Center and the Salvation Army Olathe Corps.

The annual food drive campaign collects donations that directly benefit food pantries serving Johnson County citizens. The campaign first started in 1987 when the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office made a small donation to a Shawnee food pantry. Former employee Rick Beckwith saw the need to turn this effort into a county-wide effort.

Feed the Need hosted two fundraising events this year that included food booths, prize drawings and games. Employee events throughout the year that supported the effort included bake sales, a golf tournament, a chili cook-off and a 5K walk/run.

Since the program started, Johnson County Government has collected more than three million pounds of donations for local pantries.

Talk, Read, Play books distributed across county
August 15, 2016

This month, Talk, Read, Play distributed more than 440 books to multiple Head Start partners across Johnson County in efforts to encourage early literacy.

Earlier this year, Johnson County partnered with The Family Conservancy and United Community Services of Johnson County for Talk, Read, Play to engage residents to get involved and interact with children help develop a brighter future for them. One activity associated with Talk, Read, Play was a book drive with donation sites at various Johnson County Library locations. The book drive yielded 447 books for children under the age of file.

Books were distribute the first week of August to Berry Sweet Daycare, Busy Beez Childcare, Hiersteiner Child Development Center at Johnson County Community College, KidZone, Parkwood Day School and Tender Harts.

Talking, Reading and Playing with a child every day helps with brain development, self esteem and vocabulary — a key predictor of a child’s ability to succeed in school. School success leads to positive outcomes in the community. This means greater high school graduation rates, more skilled and contributing citizens and a reduced need for welfare programs.

Learn more about Talk, Read, Play at jocogov.org/talk-read-play.

Johnson County BOCC adopts 2017 budget
August 12, 2016

Yesterday the Johnson County Board of Commissioners adopted the county's 2017 budget with an estimated mill levy set at 26.595 mills, the same as the existing mill levy, which is the lowest among the 105 counties in Kansas. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner's assessed valuation.

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the budget is approximately $944 million and includes expenditures estimated at $734.9 million with reserves set at $209.1 million. The General Fund reserve is estimated at $71.2 million, or approximately 23 percent, which helps the county maintain its AAA credit ratings by the nation's top three bond rating companies. Details about the fiscal year budget and process are available online.