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County manager named 2017 Outstanding Public Administrator

Hannes Zacharias

Hannes Zacharias, county manager of Johnson County, has been named the 2017 Outstanding Public Administrator by the Kansas chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Zacharias has served as county manager for Johnson County since 2009, joining the county as assistant county manager in 2001 and as deputy county manager in 2005. His career in public management spans nearly 40 years, including appointments as assistant to the city manager of Lawrence, Kansas; city administrator of Boonville, Missouri; and city manager of Hays, Kansas.

JCW names new Chief Engineer

Aaron Witt has accepted the position as JCW's Chief Engineer, effective immediately. He has been with JCW since 1999 and served as the Interim Chief Engineer since last September. The Chief Engineer is responsible for JCW’s engineering activities and oversees the Asset Management and Capital Improvement Programs, as well as sewer development and the district creation process.

County extension office hires new director

Tara Markley

On April 9, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension welcomed its new director, Tara Markley. In this role, she’ll provide administrative leadership for the county extension office’s educational programming, fiscal operations, personnel and marketing, and will serve as the county extension agent for the community development program.

Two Sheriff's Office deputies recognized

Johnson County Sheriff's Office deputies recognized

Congratulations to Master Deputy Kristina Martinez and Master Deputy Anjanette Deer of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for receiving awards during Mid-America Regional Council's 20th Annual Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration on Friday, April 7. The celebration  celebrate 9-1-1 calltakers and emergency dispatch personnel who work behind the scenes answering life-saving calls from citizens. 

Tire recycling for JoCo residents on Saturday

Old tires

Recycle your old, worn or unwanted car, truck or bike tires! Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is hosting a tire recycling event on Saturday, April 8 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at our Household Hazardous Waste facility at 5901 Jim Bills Road in Mission. 

Second Saturday book discussion group meets April 8

Johnson County Library

Johnson County Library will host its next Second Saturday book discussion group 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. April 8 at the Shawnee Library. This month's book is Fannie Flagg's The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. More information is available on the Library's website.

JCDS employee wins national award

Way to go Forrest!

Forrest Austin, a Direct Support Professional with Johnson County Developmental Supports, received the 2017 National Direct Support Professional of the Year award from The American Network of Community Options and Resources. ANCOR gives this award annually for exemplary work in furthering community inclusion for people living with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Judges look at nominees’ success in helping people with disabilities build social networks, participate in the community and advocate for themselves.

Employee fundraiser for arts exceeds goal

ARTS KC regional arts council logo

Johnson County Government employees support ArtsKC as one of three sanctioned annual fundraising campaigns. The 2017 campaign raised a total of $20,704.98, exceeding the goal of $20,017.

Tim DeWeese, director of Mental Health and ArtsKC campaign chairman, presented results for the 2017 campaign to the Board of County Commissioners during their regular meeting on March 23.

The main event is an employee art showcase in February with a People's Choice Award given for the top three entries:

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