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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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RideKC for FREE on May 6
May 4, 2016

To celebrate the Grand Opening of the RideKC Downtown Streetcar, all RideKC transit partners in the Kansas City region are offering free bus fares this Friday, May 6. Johnson County Transit is a part of the RideKC transit brand, along with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Unified Government and Independence, Missouri.

The downtown streetcar – free to all riders for its first year — goes into service at 10 a.m. on Friday. Its 2.2 mile route connects Union Station to the River Market area along Main Street. There are several routes across the metro that link riders to the streetcar route, including several Johnson County routes that stop near the line. These routes include 660-Antioch/Downtown, 661-Olathe Express, 664-Metcalf/Downtown, 670 Gardner/OP Express, 673-South OP Express and 678-Shawnee Express.

Enjoy a free transit ride on Friday, and find more information about the RideKC Streetcar launch and festivities at kcstreetcar.org.


JCDS Emerging Artists program coordinator wins award
May 4, 2016

Congratulations to JCDS employee Cary Odell for being named Kansas’ 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year by the  American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). DSPs are integral in supporting people with disabilities to participate in their communities and lead full and independent lives.

“We at JCDS are proud of Cary. The award shows the dedication Cary has to support people with disabilities and reflects the quality of services provided by JCDS,” said Chad VonAhnen, JCDS executive director.

Cary coordinates the JCDS Emerging Artists Program. More information about that program is available online and on Facebook.


Chairman Eilert meets award winning high school engineers
May 3, 2016

Today Chairman Ed Eilert got to see an award-winning invention in action. The Gardner Edgerton High School Engineering Team recently designed and built CAPS, a device to help make work easier for employees at JCDS. The students competed in the SourceAmerica design challenge and took home third place. Today four of the eight Engineering Team members got to to watch Roy Brown, a JCDS client, try out a newer version of the invention, and explain how they came up with the idea and some of the obstacles they faced. 

Chairman Eilert meets GE student inventors

JCDS client Roy Brown sits in front of his new CAPS machine designed by a team of student engineers from Gardner Edgerton High School including (left to right) Ethan Eccles, Joe Corbin, Samantha Marcotte and Chris Strick.

Click here for a brief video of Ethan Eccles explaining the device to Chairman Eilert.

We invite you to learn more about this invention and how it's making work easier for Roy and other JCDS client in these media stories:

Fox 4
Gardner Edge

Recognizing our Department of Corrections
May 2, 2016

This week Johnson County is recognizing National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. Johnson County’s Department of Corrections has approximately 300 employees who are responsible for the custody, care, and rehabilitation of thousands of offenders every year, as well as the maintenance of safe and secure facilities.

Some of the specific work done by the Department of Corrections includes managing the Adult Residential Center, Intensive Supervision and House Arrest program, Juvenile Services, the Johnson County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center and more.

“Correctional officers and the employees who support them have demanding work and often times face difficult circumstances,” said Betsy Gillespie, director of the Johnson County Department of Corrections. “They teach, train, mentor, counsel, and treat thousands of offenders on probation and parole in the community and those detained in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities, providing offenders with direction, hope and a new focus while preparing them for reentry and life outside of corrections.”

On Thursday, April 28, Chairman Ed Eilert proclaimed May 1-7, 2016 as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. The employees who accepted the proclamation are (pictured above, left to right): Juvenile Intake Specialist Brian Lyle; Project Manager Keith Clark; Juvenile Shift Supervisor Miles Conner; Youth Care Advisor LaShawn Jackson; Youth Residential Case Manager Teresa Hughley; Director of the Adult Residential Center Antonio Booker; Director of the Juvenile Services Center Ted Jester; Dept. of Corrections Director Betsy Gillespie; Correctional Advisor Gabriel Fossoh; Transportation Officer Gay Andrews; Residential Case Manager Lamar Delt; Resource Developer John Boyd; and Board of County Commissioner’s Chairman Ed Eilert.

More information about our Department of Corrections is available here.

Weekend fun courtesy of JCPRD
April 29, 2016

If the weather holds up, there are two opportunities for fun at Johnson County Park & Recreation District facilities on Saturday.

A day of adventure awaits at the TimberRidge Adventure Center. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes activities including kayaking, canoeing, archery and more. More information is available here

You can also enjoy catch-and-release fishing, arts and crafts and a day of exploration at Mildale Farm Community Day. Please find more details on that event at this link. 


Inaugural Citizens Academy class recognized
April 28, 2016

Congratulations to the below-listed 29 individuals for completing Johnson County Government’s inaugural Citizens Academy program. The graduates were each presented with an individual Certificate of Recognition during this morning’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.

The Citizens Academy participants met for three hours one evening per week for eight weeks to learn about the roles, responsibilities and day-to-day operations of county government. During sessions, the group heard presentations from staff and took tours of various county departments and agencies, including Public Works, Human Services, Libraries, Developmental Supports, Park and Recreation, the Sheriff’s Office and others.

Throughout the program, the inaugural class participants demonstrated their commitment to their community by brining energy and enthusiasm to each session, as well as inquiring about volunteer opportunities and board-appointed service.

The County Manager’s Office is currently reviewing participant feedback from the pilot program to determine if there will be another Citizens Academy program in the future, and if so how it can be modified to be an even better experience for the engaged citizens who participate. View a Flickr album of photos from the Citizens Academy sessions, click here and for details about the program or to apply, visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy.

  • Adrianna Meder
  • Amanda Keller
  • Amy Miller
  • Arthur J. “Art” Donnely
  • Beverly Rice
  • Bill Jacobson
  • Carey Bickford
  • Carol Watts
  • Cathy Weaver
  • Danielle Bergeron
  • Darren Shafer
  • Daryl Reece
  • David Hill
  • Ellyce Steck
  • James Breneman
  • Lan Strickland
  • Lois Maxwell
  • Mary Estrada
  • Mary Guntert
  • Michael Copeland
  • Pamela Boyd
  • Patrick Walsh
  • Patrick Williams
  • Paula Hammer
  • Stoney Bogan
  • Tanner Banion
  • Tim Urban
  • Vicki Denk
  • William Lietzke