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Flu shot still best defense against viruses

Flu shot

The director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment says a flu shot is still your best defense against the various influenza viruses circulating in the community.

Director Lougene Marsh says flu vaccination protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which vaccine you get) and provides protection throughout the flu season. “While flu vaccine can vary in how well it works from year to year, it still prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year.”

Winter Blood Drive planned for Dec. 11

Community Blood Center logo

The Community Blood Center is teaming up with Johnson County Government to conduct its Winter Blood Drive on Dec, 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at 111 S. Cherry Street, Room LL 0200.

There are a few appointments still available for each 15 minute time slot. Appointments may be booked online by entering Sponsor Code: JoCoAdmin. You may also contact Rene' Murphy at 913-715-0425. 

Local burn bans in effect

Sign which reads Fire Hazard no open burning

With the high winds and reduced moisture, several cities have posted bans on open burning, until further notice, when the area receives a substantial rainfall or heavy snow.  Please check the county's webpage for current information.

Employees exceed United Way campaign goals

United Way 2017

The Johnson County Commission last week recognized the United Way campaign's co-chairs for the success of the 2017 fundraiser.

This year's campaign raised more than $120,000 and had 378 donors — exceeding both goals set at the campaign's start.

"We appreciate the support of the employees to help make meaningful changes to our community," said campaign co-chair Tiffany Hentschel.

BOCC votes not to renew county manager contract

BOCC

By a majority vote of the Board of County Commissioners, the commission decided not to renew the contract for County Manager Hannes Zacharias. The 4-3 vote was taken following his annual review in executive session early this afternoon.

The action was not unanimous, but was supported by four of the seven commissioners. Those who voted not to renew the contract were:  Commissioners Michael Ashcraft, Mike Brown, Steve Klika and Jason Osterhaus.  Chairman Ed Eilert and Commissioners Jim Allen and Ron Shaffer voted against the motion to not renew the contract.

Statement from county manager regarding BOCC vote

Hannes Zacharias

"A majority of the Johnson County Commission has voted to not renew my contract to serve as County Manager, effective Dec. 31, 2017. As all managers know, this is their right. As expressed to me, the majority wants to take Johnson County in a more fiscally and socially conservative direction, impose more direct oversight by the commission over county operations, and adopt a more 'laissez-faire' attitude toward regulation. Although this governmental decision runs somewhat contrary to the County Charter, I respect it.

Statement from chairman regarding county manager

Chairman Ed Eilert

“It is with great disappointment that I am writing to inform our county staff that the Board of County Commissioners voted today 4-3 not to extend the contract of County Manager Hannes Zacharias. To provide the 30-day notice, as required in his contract, his service as county manager will end effective Dec. 31, 2017.

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