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County Manager's Office

Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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About Johnson County

Johnson County is a local government located in northeast Kansas that was organized on September 7, 1857. We serve a diverse and expanding population through five agencies and 34 county departments. More than 3,800 public servants are dedicated to helping Johnson County remain a safe, vibrant community.

Population: Approximately 560,000 residents (the most populous of Kansas’ 105 counties)

Geography: 473 square miles, nestled in the southwestern quadrant of the Kansas City metropolitan region.

Municipalities:

  • Bonner Springs
  • De Soto
  • Edgerton
  • Fairway
  • Gardner
  • Lake Quivira
  • Leawood
  • Lenexa
  • Merriam
  • Mission
  • Mission Hills
  • Mission Woods
  • Olathe
  • Overland Park
  • Prairie Village
  • Roeland Park
  • Shawnee
  • Spring Hill
  • Westwood
  • Westwood Hills

Functions: Johnson County Government provides more than 350 services, including a wide variety of functions — everything from answering 9-1-1 calls and assisting libraries, to maintaining park facilities and reviewing building plans.

Our website is specifically organized to make these many services easier to find, and to help residents gain a better understanding of all that the county does. Please take a moment to browse and learn more about all the services we provide, or check out a complete directory of services here>

County Government Structure: Under the Home Rule Charter,  

Johnson County is governed by a seven member, non-partisan, elected Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC appoints the County Manager, County Clerk and County Treasurer. Johnson County also has an elected Sheriff and District Attorney.

Weekly BOCC Meetings: The BOCC meets every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the BOCC Hearing Room located on the third floor of the County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, Olathe, Kansas 66061. 


County History: Established on August 25, 1855, and named after Reverend Thomas Johnson, Johnson County was one of the first counties in the Kansas Territory. Kansas became a state on January 29, 1861.

Read more about Johnson County history here>

Contact Us

Sharon Watson
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
913-715-0730

Chris Depusoir
Communications Specialist
913-715-0752

Austin Falley 
Senior Communications Specialist
913-715-0423

Gerald Hay
Public Information Officer and Editor, The Best Times
913-715-0736

Amanda Keller
Public Information Officer
913-715-0732

Lori Sand
Senior Commnuications Specialist
913-715-8572

Eric Schultz
Multimedia Specialist
913-715-0739

Che'rell Bilquist
Advertising Sales Manager, The Best Times and JoCo Magazine
913-715-8920

 

JOCO Magazine Current Issue

View the JOCO Magazine on your computer:

  • Download the PDF (4.0 MB) or click on the image to view the latest version as an online publication.

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News Releases

Please browse these recent news releases to learn more about all that's happening at Johnson County Government.

Overview

Working under the direction of the County Manager, and in conjunction with the Board of County Commissioners, the public information office serves as the central point of contact for communications and information countywide.

The public information office exists to promote communication, cooperation, and strong connections between Johnson County Government and the diverse communities we serve.

Responsibilities of the public information team include:

  • Broadcasting
  • Media Relations
  • Public Information
  • Citizen Engagement
  • News Advisories
  • Videography
  • Emergency Communications
  • Newsletters
  • Special Events
  • External Communications
  • Photography
  • Speeches/Speaking Points
  • Graphic Design
  • Presentations
  • Social Media
  • Internal Communications
  • Press Releases
  • Website
  • Marketing
  • Public Affairs

PIO Services

Working at the direction of the County Manager, and in conjunction with the Board of County Commissioners, the public information office serves as the central point of contact for communications and information countywide.

The public information office exists to promote communication, cooperation, and strong connections between Johnson County Government and the diverse communities we serve.

Responsibilities of the public information team include:

  • Broadcasting
  • Media Relations
  • Public Information
  • Citizen Engagement
  • News Advisories
  • Videography
  • Emergency Communications
  • Newsletters
  • Special Events
  • External Communications
  • Photography
  • Speech/Speaking Points
  • Graphic Design
  • Presentations
  • Social Media
  • Internal Communications
  • Press Releases
  • Website
  • Marketing
  • Public Affairs

The Best Times: Archive

The Best Times: Bi-Monthly

The Best Times

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Select the Latest Edition of The Best Times Newspaper to view on your computer:

The Best Times: Guidelines

The Best Times is a monthly newspaper provided for all Johnson County residents aged 60 and over, publishing articles that inform, challenge, support, entertain, and persuade. In September 1982, The Best Times began as a pilot program funded through a grant from the Older Americans Act and the state of Kansas. Later the paper became a regular publication of Johnson County Human Services. It is currently published monthly by the County Manager's Office.

The Best Times is mailed directly to 57,000 Johnson County households with a family member 60 or older. The mailing list is updated monthly from the Johnson County voter registration rolls, or residents may request that their names be added. For families outside of Johnson County and others, there is a $15 annual subscription fee.

It is also available for pickup from libraries, senior centers, and multi-service centers. Readership is estimated at 75,000.

ARTICLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES Contact Gerald Hay, Managing Editor Gerald.Hay@jocogov.org (913) 715-0730

Many articles are written by freelance professionals and readers. Other articles are provided by the Area Agency on Aging. If you would like to submit something for publication, please contact the managing editor via e-mail (preferred) or phone. Describe the nature of your submission (essay, profile of a resident, profile of an organization/service, poem, etc.) and how you think it fits into the mission of The Best Times in serving Johnson County senior adults. The editor will let you know whether the proposed piece is a good fit and ensure that it hasn’t already been covered in The Best Times. If the piece is accepted, you will be given a word count. You’ll be asked to e-mail the piece, preferably as a Word attachment, to Gerald.Hay@jocogov.org.

Many articles are more dynamic with a photograph. Digital photos by e-mail are preferred, but photos on film can be scanned and returned.
They should be mailed to: Editor, The Best Times, 111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061.

The Best Times has a limited budget for purchasing freelance work. Most profiles or essays receive $80 and most poems $45. A higher rate is occasionally paid for an article that requires multiple sources and extensive interviews. You will be asked to submit a W-9 form (which will be mailed to you) in order that we may generate an invoice for your work. You will not receive a 1099.

SUBSCRIPTIONS & CALENDAR Contact TheBestTimes@jocogov.org (913) 715-8930

SUBSCRIPTIONS
We update the mailing list monthly from the voter registration rolls. If you are 60 or older and a resident of Johnson County, all you need to do is let us know your name and address. Non-residents and those under age 60 may subscribe to The Best Times for $15 per year. Send your check, made out to The Best Times, to 111 S. Cherry St, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061. If you get duplicate issues at your address give us a call and we will manually delete one name. If you move within Johnson County, send us a change-of-address notice. If you move outside of Johnson County and want to receive the paper, include your check for $15 with the notice.

If you prefer to get your information online, try the “Online Opt-In” program. Just call or e-mail us and let us know that you would like to read the paper online each month. Provide your e-mail address and each month we’ll send you an e-mail notice that the paper is available online, complete with a link directly to the issue. We’ll also remove you from the mailing list for the printed newspaper. The Best Times Online - Quick access to all the senior news, and no paper to recycle!

CALENDAR
The Best Times includes an extensive calendar section featuring classes, support groups, workshops, and more of interest to mature adults. Items for the calendar should be submitted to The Best Times, 111 S. Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061. Telephone messages are useful only in an emergency or to make last-minute changes. We reserve the right to edit or abbreviate submitted items. Calendar items should arrive in our office no later than the eighth of the month prior to publication. For example, items for the August calendar need to be here no later than July 8. We run calendar items on a space-available basis. Occasionally it is not possible to include all items submitted.

Letter to the Editor

Thank you for your interest! Please remember that letters must be 200 words or less to be considered. No form letters or copied material will be used. Letters should refer to an article that was published in The Best Times within the last three months, and should include a viewpoint or opinion on the topic.

Anonymous letters are not accepted. For verification, letters must include the writer's name, full address, email address and daytime phone number. Names and home towns will be printed. Writers may not have a letter published more often than once every six months. Letters are subject to editing for length and grammatical errors.

We will not publish letters that have foul language, are potentially libelous or malign a specific person or organization, are disrespectful of anyone’s ethnicity, gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation or race or serve as an endorsement for a product or service. Due to space limitations, we cannot publish all letters.

Join Us!

Fall 2016 Citizens Academy

Start: September 6, 2016

Finish: November 8, 2016

Tuesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Dinner Provided.

Session one: Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., Introduction to county history & leadership (alumni will attend)

Location: Johnson County Administration Builiding RM 200 111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe, KS, 66061

Questions: call (913) 715-0729 or email Chelsea.Morton@jocogov.org