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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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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.

Enjoy Saturday's parade at the fair
August 5, 2016

As part of this year’s Johnson County Fair — Blue Jeans and Country Dreams — the annual parade will be Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. It will snake through downtown Gardner and end at the county fairgrounds.

The parade will feature floats, riders on horseback, marching bands, clowns, antique roadsters and more, and will set a festive tone for the final full day of the county fair. Admission to the fairgrounds is free.

Other Saturday activities include:

  • 4-H/FFA project and market animal sale (starting at 1 p.m.)
  • Carnival rides (open at 4 p.m.)
  • Demolition derby (starts at 7 p.m., a gate charge applies to this event)

A detailed listing of events, schedules, fees and directions are available at www.jocokansasfair.com.

Primary results are in
August 3, 2016

Thousands of Johnson Countians turned out to vote in the Aug. 2 primary. Unofficial results are made public as soon as precinct totals are in, however, the county Board of Election Canvassers will convene next Monday (Aug. 8) to review and certify the election results.

A notable result includes the election of a new Johnson County Sheriff. All of the candidates were Republicans with no Democratic challenger, so the primary results were decisive. According to unofficial results, Calvin Hayden received 37 percent of the vote, John Resman received 34 percent and Dennis Hammer received 29 percent.

For more Johnson County election information, visit jocoelection.org.

Apply for the JoCo Citizens Academy by Aug. 9
July 30, 2016

The Johnson County Citizens Academy debuted in the Spring of 2016. It takes as its mission statement the words of Margaret Mead: “Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever does.” We aim to support an informed citizenry in progressing the quality of life in Johnson County through volunteerism, board membership, and networking. We hope you will join us.

The Citizens Academy allows opportunities for community-minded individuals to discover what makes our high quality of life possible through behind the scene tours, hands-on activities, and conversations with county staff. Come visit with commissioners, explore the county budget, tour corrections facilities and try out a fire hose! Upon completion, graduates will receive a certificate and get connected to the growing network of academy alumni. 

Apply today for the fall session, which starts Sept. 6 and meets weekly until Nov. 8. For additional details and to apply, visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy.


  • "I was thrilled to be selected into the first-ever Johnson County Citizens Academy. I love learning and I realized I needed to know more about government; right here in my county seemed to be the perfect place to start!!! I encourage all JoCo residents to consider active participation in our spectacular community . . . This course was a real eye-opener!!!" — Cathy Weaver
  • "One of the sessions I liked best was the tour of Consolidated Fire District No. 2. The session included interesting, informative presentations by the fire chief and the director of Med-ACT. Touring the station, seeing the equipment, and talking to the firefighters were the highlights. Overall, a great session!" — Vicki Denk
  • My son was home this week from Fort Worth and was talking about the next place they move to he hopes will be more like where he grew up. Our children go out in the world, but they still look for the comforts of home, especially when they start their families.” — Mary Guntert
  • “After completing this program, I looked for ways to give back. I chose to participate in the Meals on Wheels program, attended a Mental Health First Aid training class and currently work as a volunteer at the Election Headquarters. I will be forever grateful for having been given this priceless opportunity.” — Pam Boyd
2017 county budget hearing set for Aug. 1
July 29, 2016

The public hearing regarding the proposed 2017 fiscal year Johnson County budget will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., in the Johnson County Board of Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry Street in Olathe, Kansas. The hearing will be broadcast live online.

The BOCC is scheduled to consider adoption of the 2017 budget resolution during its business session on Thursday, Aug. 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m., also in the BOCC Hearing Room. According to state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the county clerk by Aug. 25.

Details about the proposed 2107 budget, current 2016 budget and the budgetary process is online.