2022 Annual Report

State of the County 2023 theme "All Ways Moving Forward" animated to show both "All ways" and "Always"

Johnson County is a local government located in northeast Kansas that was organized on Sept. 7, 1857. Johnson County Government serves a diverse and expanding population through 30 agencies, departments and offices.

Approximately 3,600 public servants are dedicated to helping Johnson County remain a safe, growing and vibrant community.

We are all – and always – Johnson County strong in addressing our ongoing challenges and celebrating our many community successes. Find out how the county is moving forward, and view the annual report below.

Leadership Letter from Chair Kelly and Penny Postoak Ferguson

Portraits of Chairman Mike Kelly and county manager Penny Postoak Ferguson

With a legacy of strong and caring leadership, dedicated and innovative staff, important community partnerships and valued public involvement, Johnson County is Always Moving Forward. Johnson County is also in All Ways Moving Forward.

2022 was no exception. In the past year we have achieved so much together to make Johnson County a premier, best-practice county that is growing, thriving and innovating. Alongside you, we moved forward in 2022 on many fronts: economic development, public and behavioral health, public safety and criminal justice, capital projects and infrastructure, sound financial management, supporting vulnerable populations and creating valuable community amenities, just to name a few.

Results from the 2023 Community Survey continue to show high marks for overall satisfaction with Johnson County as a place to live, work, raise children and feel safe. While satisfaction with county services and other aspects of the county far exceeds the national average, we are reviewing the results to identify areas where we can make even further improvements. Our 2022 Community Survey results earned us a coveted ETC Institute “Leading the Way Award.” This award recognizes local governments for outstanding achievements in delivering services to residents. That was one of several recognitions earned in 2022, and we highlighted many of them in this report.

Another area where we moved forward in 2022 was sustainability. From becoming a LEED certified community to focusing on alternative fuel sources for our vehicle fleet, we continue to do our part to protect resources as well as our planet. That includes producing a digital-only annual report this year.

Please take some time to explore these highlights we accomplished in 2022…alongside you and for you. It was our pleasure to serve this community for another year, and we look forward to Moving Forward, together.

Chair Mike Kelly
Penny Postoak Ferguson