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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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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
Funding authorization for second phase of JCW project
April 27, 2016

Johnson County Wastewater staff will present a five year Capital Improvement Plan to the Board of County Commissioners in a Committee of the Whole Session at 1 p.m., Thursday, Apr. 28. The presentation will address plant and sewer expansions, as well as permit/regulatory projects and renewal/replace for 2017-2021. JCW operates and maintains more than 5,600 assets at seven plants and 31 pump stations. JCW also operates and maintains 2,200 miles of pipe and 56,000 manholes.

One of those JCW projects to be discussed is the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion and upgrade.  The plant, located at 10701 Lee Boulevard in Leawood, was originally built in 1955. More than 60 years later, times have changed and so have the needs of the facility. New water quality regulations require upgrades to the existing Tomahawk Creek facility to improve water quality in Indian Creek and downstream waters.

The Tomahawk facility currently treats seven million gallons per day, 40 percent of the wastewater collected from parts of Leawood, Olathe, Overland Park and Prairie Village. The remaining 60 percent is currently sent to Kansas City, Mo., for treatment. In 2016, $17 million was budgeted for payments to Kansas City, Mo. The cost to continue sending flow and paying Kansas City for treatment will substantially increase because of the city's $4.5 billion planned infrastructure improvements over the next several decades.

Johnson County Wastewater has studied how to accomplish two goals in the most cost-effective manner:

  1. Meeting new water quality regulations requiring upgrades to the existing treatment facility.
  2. Confirm a previous study recommendation to expand the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility and discontinue sending flow to Kansas City, Mo.

The study recommended investing to expand the Tomahawk Creek Facility to treat all flow as the most cost-effective, long-term solution.

At its regular meeting on May 5, the Board will consider authorization of funding for the second phase of the project – the design phase – for $21,387,000. Black & Veatch was awarded the $280 million project in 2014.

Please visit www.jocogov.org/dept/wastewater/engineering/public-projects/tomahawk-creek-wastewater-treatment-facility for project details and updates.

The public may view Board meetings and Committee of the Whole sessions online at http://lims.jocogov.org/sirepub/meetresults.aspx?pagetype=broadcast.

Johnson County criminal justice team attends D.C. summit
April 27, 2016

A team of criminal justice and behavioral health professionals from Johnson County attended a two-day summit in Washington D.C. last week that brought together select teams from U.S. counties of all sizes as part of a national initiative to address the mental health crisis in our nation’s jails.

The Stepping Up Summit convened jail administrators, law enforcement officials, county elected officials, mental health professionals and other stakeholders from 50 jurisdictions across the country. The Johnson County delegation included Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, Assistant County Manager Maury Thompson, Johnson County Mental Health Director Tim DeWeese and Criminal Justice Coordinator Robert Sullivan.

You can read more in this news release

Johnson County Assistant County Manager Maury Thompson spoke on a panel about strategies to leverage state and federal funds for behavioral health care services. That video is available at this link (please scroll down to April 19 and view the second video clip.)

Threat of severe weather today
April 26, 2016

The National Weather Service has predicted two rounds of storms will impact the KC metro today including Johnson County. Our Emergency Management team is keeping an eye on the sky today, and you can take several steps to make sure you are ready for severe weather.


Think solar this Earth Day
April 22, 2016

Have you ever considered harnessing the power of solar energy? Johnson County has taken great strides to make solar an easier solution for Johnson County residents and businesses. Due to these efforts, Johnson County Government recently received recognition from the Mid-America Regional Council as a gold-level Solar Ready Community.

The are several types of “sun energy” systems that fit in the category of solar.

  • Solar hot water systems may be roof or ground mounted (to replace or augment a typical residential hot water heater)
  • Passive solar systems (windows, walls and floors made to collect, store and distribute solar energy)
  • Photovoltaic solar systems which generate electricity

If you are curious about solar, there are some helpful resources available. Our Solar Installation page provides construction guidelines and a checklist on how to apply for a permit. You can also map the solar potential of your house with the Metro Kansas City Solar Map. Below are pictures of solar installations from residents in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County.

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Solar array

Plans advance for new courthouse and coroner facility
April 22, 2016

Today, the Johnson County commissioners agreed to move forward on a new courthouse and coroner facility. The proposed funding is a 10-year 1/4 cent public safety sales tax. In May, county staff will bring back to the Board of County Commissioners language that, if approved by a vote, will be placed on the ballot for the November 2016 general election.

The full news release is available here.