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BOCC votes not to renew county manager contract


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.

2017 property tax statements due by Dec. 20

Tax deadline

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department has begun mailing 202,674 real estate and 19,915 personal property tax statements to taxpayers.

The first-half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Dec. 20, 2017, and second-half taxes are due on or before May 10, 2018.

The real estate tax statement contains a comparison between this year’s and last year’s tax breakdown. If the taxes are paid by the mortgage company, the statement will say “THIS IS NOT A TAX BILL” at the bottom of the statement.

Groundbreaking held for new library at Lenexa City Center

Commissioners and civic leaders shoveling dirt at the groundbreaking site.

Johnson County leaders gathered Tuesday, Nov. 28 for the official groundbreaking of the new library at the Lenexa City Center, near 87th and Renner Boulevard. The new two-story branch is set to open in mid-2019 and will replace the Lackman facility built in 1986. 

The library will benefit from being a part of the Lenexa Civic Center complex and surrounding City Center district with shared parking and access to shared facilities for community events.

Lanesfield School decks the halls for a Country Christmas

An old-fashioned Lanesfield School Country Christmas is being celebrated in December at the Lanesfield Historic Site with the opportunity to experience a traditional 1904 holiday, including writing a letter to Santa with pen and ink and finding olden stocking stuffers.

The free drop-in program will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays on Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. 


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