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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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Don't wait in line on Election Day — vote in advance!
November 1, 2016

All registered voters in Johnson County have the option to vote in person at one of six locations in the county prior to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Just take your government-issued identification to one of the following six locations.

Questions? Contact the Johnson County Election Office at 913-715-6800, election@jocoelection.org or jocoelection.org.

Facility name Address Hours
Hilltop Campus - Blue Valley 7700 W. 143rd St., Overland Park, KS

M-F, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Monday, Nov. 7

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS  M-F, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Monday, Nov. 7
Johnson County Election Office 2101 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe, KS M-F, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. - noon
Johnson County Northeast Office 6000 Lamar, Mission, KS M-F, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Monday, Nov. 7
Johnson County Sunset Office Building 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe, KS M-F, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Monday, Nov. 7
Okun Fieldhouse 20200 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS M-F, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Monday, Nov. 7


Learn about Gold Star Families Monument initiative
March 15, 2017

Johnson County's 30th annual Veterans Day observance will also be an opportunity to break ground for a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, designed by the Hershel “Woody” Williams Medal of Honor Foundation based in Huntington, West Va.

A Marine veteran, Williams is the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. His goal, through the foundation, is to erect at least one Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in every state. There are 12 finished Gold Star monuments in the nation with 40 projects in progress in 28 states. There is no project currently in the works in Kansas.

The foundation provides communities with a design for the Gold Star monuments. Each of the monuments are made of black granite or marble, have a gold star, a portion cut out to look like a missing solder and is engraved with: “A tribute to Mothers and Fathers and Gold Star families who sacrificed a loved one for our freedom.” It is roughly 15 feet in length, 6 feet in height, and a foot in width. The monument design can be viewed on the Williams’ foundation website.

Organizers of the Gold Star project have launched a campaign to raise at least $40,000 for the monument to be placed in Veterans Memorial Park, which is managed by the city of Olathe. Donations for the Gold Star monument are being handled by the Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation, a 501c(3) organization. The foundation can be contacted at 913-971-8555. 

Total cost estimate for the monument is $45,000. The Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation contributes $5,000 toward local monument projects. Williams plans to visit Olathe on Nov. 18 to make the donation.

Major contributors toward the project will be listed at the monument site. As soon as funding is achieved, project organizers hope to install the monument in early 2017 and dedicate it on or near Memorial Day.

Johnson County’s annual Veterans Day observance began in 1987 with a public celebration on the south steps of the Johnson County Courthouse before moving to the Kansas National Guard Armory in Olathe from 1995 to 2006.

Since 2007, the county event has occurred at veteran memorial sites throughout Johnson County, including the cities of Overland Park, Merriam, Gardner and the New Century AirCenter near Gardner. 

Winter park hours effective Nov. 1
October 27, 2016

Johnson County Park and Recreation will have winter hours that go into effect Tuesday, Nov. 1.

JCPRD visitors services hours for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March 31.

The winter hours for park facilities begin Nov. 1 and last until Feb. 28. A list of each park and its winter hours is available online.

Public safety sales tax is on the General Election ballot
March 15, 2017

On the General Election ballot, there is a 1/4-cent, 10-year public safety sales tax question to fund a proposed new Johnson County Courthouse and coroner facility. It is the last item on the ballot. Here are some ways you can learn more about the proposed sales tax:

Tour the courthouse: There's one more opportunity to tour the county courthouse, 5 or 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Please RSVP at 913-715-3300 and call 913-715-0725 at least 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations. The courthouse is located at 100 N. Kansas Avenue in Olathe.

Visit JoCoPublicSafety.org: Read all about the public safety sales tax, including answers to frequently asked questions.

Read JoCo Magazine: You recently received the Fall 2016 issue of JoCo Magazine, a special issue dedicated entirely to public safety, in your mailbox. Or you can read the issue on the county's website at jocogov.org/jocomag.

Watch television interviews:

  • Board Chairman Ed Eilert and District Attorney Steve Howe discussed the public safety sales tax on KCPT's Ruckus program on Oct. 13.
  • Board Chairman Ed Eilert will discuss the ballot initiative on KCPT's Kansas City Week in Review Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Watch the episode live on channel 19.1 HD or on KCPT's website after it airs.
Johnson County to host 30th annual Veterans Day observance
March 15, 2017

Plans are underway for the 2016 Johnson County Veterans Day observance, recognizing local veterans from all wars, including a groundbreaking ceremony for a monument honoring local Gold Star families of fallen soldiers.

The Veterans Day event will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, at Olathe’s Veterans Memorial Park at Harrison St. and Dennis Ave. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. saluting veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. The celebration marks Johnson County’s 30th anniversary of sponsoring an annual Veterans Day observance.

The observance traditionally starts on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month. That means 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Memorial Park.

Featured speaker for the program will be Colonel Peter Jaramillo, state chaplain for the Kansas Army National Guard and a Catholic priest. He has lost soldiers in his unit while deployed and plans to talk about the sacrifices a family makes and the grief that they go through on losing a loved one. Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, will emcee the ceremony.

Debbie Austin, president of the Gold Star Mothers Chapter, will also speak. Her son, Army Private First Class Shane Austin, of Edgerton, was killed in action in 2006 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Gold Star families and members of the Northeast Kansas Gold Star Mothers Chapter have been invited as special guests. A Gold Star family is one with an immediate relative who was killed during active duty in the U.S. armed forces.    

The 2016 program will feature: patriotic music by the Olathe Northwest High School band; special songs by the Central Elementary School choir in Olathe and Southside Singers from Olathe South High School; presentation of colors; placement of memorial wreaths by local veteran organizations; playing of “Echo Taps” and bagpipe music; and rifle salute.

Donate today to our winter wearables drive
October 24, 2016

Bins are in most county buildings for employees and members of the public to donate coats and other winter wearable items. This is another opportunity for you to live local/give local, as part of our United Way campaign for 2016. The county is partnering with the city of Olathe in this effort, and all donations are tax deductible. Contact the county manager's office for more information.