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Johnson County Government exists to provide hundreds of high-quality services to its more than 560,000 residents. Some County initiatives are highly-visible and impact residents' lives on a daily basis, including wastewater, stormwater, and roadway improvements along with construction or renovation of public buildings. Others County services happen behind the scenes, while plenty of what we do is highly popular, like library programs, park and recreation activities and fun events.

Resident News

Johnson County Housing Authority Opens Waiting List to Elderly and Disabled


Effective Thursday, October 16, 2014 the Johnson County Housing Authority, located at 12425 W. 87th Street Parkway, Suite 200, Lenexa, Kansas 66215, will open its waiting list to new applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program.  Johnson County Housing Authority provides rental assistance to qualified applicants who wish to live within the Johnson County jurisdiction, with the exception of the City of Olathe, who have their own Housing Authority.

Applications will be accepted on October 16th and October 17th during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.  APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED FROM PERSONS WHO ARE ELDERLY (62 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER) OR DISABLED.  NO EARLY ARRIVALS WILL BE PROCESSED.   Applicants must provide a social security card, a valid, current picture ID, proof of their date of birth and/or verifiable proof of their disability (Social Security Disability Award Letter or a verifiable Doctors’ statement attesting to their disability).

To request a special accommodation or to obtain information call 913-227-0854 on or after October 13, 2014 between the hours of 8:00 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m.   Special accommodation request for language interpreters must be received a minimum of 72 hours in advance of the date you intend to make your application.

JCCC Deviation - Thurs, Oct 2, 2014

Due to a JCCC function on October 2, 2014, the Carlsen Center Circle drive will not be accessible from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  This will affect JO routes 575/875, 660, 672 & 710.  Please view full details here!

Proposed Management Consolidation Article

Please go here to read the latest Proposed Management Consolidation article for The JO and KCATA.

Johnson County 4-H now enrolling new members

4-H boy shows off the yellow decorated rocekt he builtDid you know that 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities? In Johnson County, 4-H is thriving.

With nearly 700 members, the Johnson County program, affiliated with K-State Research and Extension in Olathe, continues to grow and expand to reach new audiences.

National 4-H Week is Oct. 5 – 11, and the Johnson County program is currently enrolling for the new 4-H year. Early fall is the best time for new families to join 4-H. Families who join in the fall get the opportunity to experience the start of all new 4-H activities, such as electing club officers and selecting committee assignments.

4-H offers youth a one of-a-kind opportunity to gain lifelong skills through hands-on learning. The program is built on a foundation of three core areas: healthy living; citizenship; and science, technology, engineering and math. 4-H’ers gain skills in each of these areas throughout their 4-H experience through community service, projects and club involvement.

Why join 4-H?
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:

  • Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,
  • Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors, and
  • Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.

Who can join?
Full 4-H membership starts at age seven and concludes at 18. An introduction to 4-H is available for youth ages five and six through Cloverbuds. There are 19 different clubs throughout Johnson County. There is no membership fee to join. The youth program is strongly family orientated. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend all 4-H events.

4-H girls at summer cooking campLearning life skills by doing
Valuable lifelong skills such as communication, leadership and citizenship are gained through youth projects. The Johnson County 4-H program has many different avenues for youth to become engaged in their own individual passion.

Each member chooses their projects at the beginning of the new 4-H year. With over 30 projects to choose from, and even a self-determined category, the Johnson County 4-H program can accommodate a wide variety of interests. A few of the most popular projects include: rocketry, foods and nutrition, dog care and training, clothing and textiles, and photography.

In the self-determined category, youth are able to create a project by developing the what, why, when, where, who and how into an action plan designed by and for the member. A self-determined project might be a new or different project, or an expansion of a traditional project. A few of the self-determined projects which have been done in the county in the past include:

  • bicycling,
  • Legos,
  • bee keeping,
  • entrepreneurship, and
  • sailing. 

4-H instills a strong work ethic by offering the opportunity to compete in a positive and supportive environment, interact with teen and adult mentors, and build lifelong relationships. 4-H also continues to give back to its members after membership ends. Alumni have the opportunity to apply for college scholarships to strengthen their lifelong learning habit.

Johnson County 4-H youth development has many different avenues for youth to become engaged in their own individual passion. The mission is to grow youth members into tomorrow's leaders.

The Johnson County 4-H program is the perfect choice for any youth looking to learn through doing. For more information about joining 4-H contact Tara Markley, county Extension agent, at 913-715-7000 or visit www.johnson.ksu.edu/4H.

Proposed Management Consolidation

Johnson County Transit and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority are having discussions on a proposed management consolidation plan.  Questions and answers can be viewed here.

Registration is now open for Contractor Licensing 2014 Education Seminar classes

Registration is open for Contractor Licensing 2014 Education Seminar classes.  The link below will take you the Contractor Management System sign in screen where, after signing-in, you can register for classes.

Click here to register!  

To log into your account, you will need to enter the attendee’s first name, last name, and password as registered in the system.  If you have questions about the registration process, your password, or your education requirement, please contact the office at 913-715-2233 for further assistance. Click on the link below to download the seminar brochure.

2014 Fall Course Brochure

JO News - Fall Edition - Sept 2014

Check out our Fall JO News - Click here to read!

JoCo Treasurer (and Motor Vehicle) has a new online home

If you typed treasurer.jocogov.org into your Internet browser (or had that page bookmarked) and ended up here…welcome! Effective July 16, that website now lives within Johnson County Government’s website. All of the content, including areas for Motor Vehicle, Property Tax and Financial Management now reside here at www.jocogov.org.

Visitors will notice that on the home page of this site they have one-click access to popular services including “Online Tag Renewal,” which allows taxpayers to renew their annual vehicle registration electronically, and “Property Taxes,” which allows taxpayers to view and pay real estate and personal property tax bills online.

As with the prior website, Johnson County Motor Vehicle customers can easily find the “Get In Line” application to reserve a spot in the Olathe or Mission office. Other areas such as Property Tax, Purchasing, and Employee Benefits are also easy to find through the home page navigation.

Please take a tour of the new site here.

Advance voting by mail begins for August 5 Primary Election

Advance voting by mail for the August 5, 2014 Primary Election starts today, July 16. Advance voting in person begins July 21, 2014.

More information about advance voting and the August 2014 Primary Election:

Mobile Election Notification

"Where do I vote on Election Day?" In Johnson County, Kansas, your cell phone has the answer. Text VOTEKS, your address and ZIP to 74574. Within 60 seconds a return message displays your polling place name and address. See how it works.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Johnson County Election Office at election@jocoelection.org, call 913-782-3441, or visit www.jocoelection.org.



Emergency Services team up for a special delivery

When Emergency Communications Specialist Bob Long answered the 9-1-1 call at 4:43 a.m., Sunday, June 29, he had no idea he was about to become part of a special event. Stephen Morrison, a Spring Hill resident was on the other end of the call.  His wife, Brooke, was in labor.

In less than one minute, Emergency Communications Center staff dispatched Johnson County MED-ACT paramedics and Johnson County Fire District #2 crews to the Morrison’s home. For the next six minutes, Bob stayed on the phone with Stephen, giving him instructions to prepare for the birth. When they arrived, the fire and EMS crews recognized the signs of impending delivery and calmly and quickly prepared for a safe delivery. Six minutes after they arrived, Wyatt Morrison entered the world. The healthy baby and his mom were transported to the hospital for evaluation and observation. After the fire and EMS crews returned to their station, they realized Wyatt was even more special than they thought. 

On Monday, Wyatt and his family visited Johnson County Fire District #2 station 4 to meet the emergency responders who helped them - including Lieutenant Rick Jordan, who celebrates his own birthday on June 29. Their meeting was featured on Fox 4 news

Delivering babies is not the only emergency service Johnson County provides. For more information, visit www.jocogov.org/residents/emergency-services

Fire and MED-ACT crews with Baby Wyatt and his family  (L-R) Firefighter Colby Stanchfield, Fire Apparatus Operator Nikki Briggs, Captain Brad Davis, Paramedic Mike Hobart, Lieutenant Ashley Raymond holding baby Wyatt, big brother Logan, Mom Brooke Morrison, Dad Stephen Morrison, Captain Tom Turner, and Lieutenant Rick Jordan

Upcoming Events

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October 1, 2014 | 11:00 am to 11:15 am

Monthly Outdoor Siren Test

October 1, 2014 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Strong People

October 3, 2014 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Strong People

October 6, 2014 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Strong People

October 7, 2014 | 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Johnson County Extension Council Elections October 7