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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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Staying home alone class for adolescents offered Nov. 23
November 16, 2016

Staying Home Alone, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District course for kids age 10–14, prepares adolescents for the responsibilities of  staying home alone for short periods of time. The course covers: personal responsibilities, how to handle emergencies, basic first aid skills and activities to do alone. Participants will assemble their own lunch (food included in price) and participants will swim in the afternoon.

Staying Home Alone will take place from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Roeland Park Community Center (4850 Rosewood in Roeland Park). The cost for one eight-hour class is $45 per person for Johnson County residents or $50 for nonresidents.

To register online, visit jcprd.com, click the green “Register for Activities” button on the right side of the screen, search for barcode 35424. Registrations accepted through Thursday, Nov. 17. For more information or to register by phone, call 913-831-3359.

Please email Lisa.Scharnak@jocogov.org or call 913-826-3161 in advance to report any dietary restrictions.

Voters approve funding for new courthouse & coroner facility
March 15, 2017

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Johnson County voters approved a quarter-cent public safety sales tax to fund a new county courthouse and coroner facility. The county leadership has studied courthouse options over the past 15 years with recommendations for a new courthouse from numerous consultants, professional staff and citizen advisory groups. Funding the large project prevented the county from moving forward until now. Johnson County does not currently have a coroner facility; it uses a private lab in Wyandotte County. The public safety sales tax approved on Tuesday makes way for the construction of both projects in the next few years.

This public safety sales tax funding will be collected starting in April 2017 and ending in 2027. The courthouse design is expected to begin in 2017 with completion in about four years. Staff is currently developing a timeline for the construction of a coroner facility. Next steps include the Board of County Commissioners amending the county's Capital Improvement Program to include the courthouse and coroner facility projects. Following that action, the Public Building Commission can approve the projects and sell bonds.

The Kansas City Star published an article online about the public safety sales tax issue, along with the Board of County Commissioners election information.

County hosts 30th Annual Veterans Day observance
November 16, 2016

This Friday, Nov. 11, Johnson County will sponsor its 30th Annual Veterans Day observance.

When: Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 1025 S. Harrison, Olathe, KS 66061

This year's observance is designed to honor veterans of all wars along with local Gold Star families. Featured speakers include Ed Eilert, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners; Colonel Peter Jaramillo, State Chaplain, Kansas National Guard; Debbie Austin, Gold Star Mother and President of Northeast Kansas Gold Star Mothers Chapter; and Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland. Musical selections from Olathe Northwest High School band, Central Elementary and the Southside Singers of Olathe South High School are planned.

Wreaths commemorating the service of veterans throughout the U.S. wars of past centery will be presented. In addition, the ground breaking for a Gold Star memorial at Olathe Veterans Memorial Park will take place.

Please join us as we honor our local veterans and Gold Star families this year.

Public parking will be available at the Dennis Avenue Shops, located west of the Veterans Memorial Park at Chestnut Street and Dennis Avenue, and at the American Legion Post, 410 East Dennis Avenue, located east of the park. Handicapped parking will be provided at Veterans Memorial Park.

Unofficial final Johnson County election results
November 16, 2016

The Johnson County Election Office has published the unofficial final election results, available on the election office website.

County-by-county results from the entire state of Kansas are located on the Secretary of State's webiste.

Ride free via RideKC on Election Day
November 16, 2016

RideKC routes will offer free fares all day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to make it easier for citizens to vote in the General Election.

Fares on Election Day on all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will be free. KCATA paratransit will also be free to ride.

Johnson County voters can access election resources at jocoelection.org.

Customers are asked to plan their Election Day travel early. For help planning your trip, call 816-221-0660 and be ready to provide the starting address and address of your polling place. Customers can also plan a trip with Google Transit, available at RideKC.org. The Regional Transit Call Center is also open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hayrides at Shawnee Mission Park Sunday
November 16, 2016

In addition to fall hayrides for organized groups, Johnson County Park and Recreation District offers an annual opportunity for individuals and family members to enjoy the crisp autumn air from a tractor-drawn haywagon without having to worry about reaching minimum numbers or placing a deposit. Like the group program, the hayride will last approximately one hour and will be followed by an hour-long campfire with apple cider and marshmallows. The cost is just $7 per person. Participants will meet at Site A at Oak Ridge at Shawnee Mission Park. Advance registration is required by Nov. 4. Click here to register.

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Address: Oak Ridge at Shawnee Mission Park (7460 Ogg Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66219)
Phone: 913-831-3359