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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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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.

Three fun ways to celebrate National Trails Day June 4th
June 3, 2016

Hike through history with the Johnson County Museum
Celebrate National Trails Day on June 4th with a special preview of the new Indian Creek Trail Interpretive Sign Project. The project was developed by Sunflower Republic, LLC, in partnership with the Johnson County Museum. The event includes two guided, three-mile loop walks along the Indian Creek Trail, as well as a historic portrayal of Thomas Johnson by Bill Worley. Join us from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Roe Park (10400 Roe Avenue).

A Day in the Park at Shawnee Mission & Kill Creek Parks
Join us for this free, day-long celebration of our community’s trails, parks and recreational spaces. Enjoy a wide variety of activities for the entire family throughout Shawnee Mission Park and along the adjoining Streamway Trail. Take advantage of free admission to the beaches at Shawnee Mission Park from noon to 6 p.m. and Kill Creek Park from noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy free half-hour pedal boat, kayak, and paddleboard rentals at the marinas in Shawnee Mission Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and free half-hour pedal boat, canoe, and kayak rentals at the marina in Kill Creek Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Concessions will be available at Shelter #3 in Shawnee Mission Park 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with National Trails Day and coincides with JCPRD’s annual free fishing weekend when both Kansas and District fishing and boating permits are waived. For details about this awesome day, please visit the Day in the Park event page. *Heritage Park will be open from 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. for overnight fishing, fishing and boating permits will not be required for this weekend only.

Join Friends of the Kaw for the Turkey Creek bike ride and stream cleanup
Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to noon join the Friends of hte Kaw for the Turkey Creek bike ride and stream cleanup! Meet at Chatlain Park, 6300 Carter, Merriam, KS. We will focus on cleaning up Turkey Creek from Chatlain Park south but you can enjoy riding the entire Turkey Creek Trail from 75th Street to Waterfall Park on Merriam Drive just south of Antioch. There is also a new trail section on the east side of I-35 from Antioch to Metcalf.

BOCC hears proposed 2017 budget
June 3, 2016

Today County Manager Hannes Zacharias proposed a budget for next year that maintains a constant mill levy while addressing growing demands for public services and mounting funding cuts from the state of Kansas. Zacharias and Budget and Financial Planning staff presented the proposed FY 2017 Budget during a Committee of the Whole session.

Johnson County’s proposed FY 2017 budget totals $942.4 million, with expenditures estimated at $734.2 million and reserves set at $208.2 million. The proposed budget maintains existing services and General Fund reserves, funds health care increases, offsets state cuts to crucial services and meets growing service demands.