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Board of County Commissioners

Phone: 913-715-0430

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Board Chairman

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Chairman Ed Eilert

 

Ed Eilert

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913-715-0500

Chairman's message

As a resident of Johnson County and Overland Park for more than five decades, it is my honor to serve as your elected chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners for a third term after serving as 4th District commissioner for four years.

It is the goal of the Board of Commissioners to diligently serve the citizens and visitors of Johnson County by addressing all issues and concerns in a timely manner. One way we do this is by continually striving to find better ways to deliver the services our residents have the right to expect and deserve. Your input concerning issues and concerns before the board is important in assisting me, as your chairman, and my fellow commissioners in making the best decisions.

This webpage and the webpages of the six district commissioners are another example of how we are reaching out to our residents and making your county government more accessible, transparent and accountable. So whether you are seeking information about public services or checking the date of the next commission meeting, we hope that you will always think to check our website first and stay informed.

Chairman's areas of focus

County projects

Term information

  • Third term as chairman expires 2023
  • Second term as chairman, 2015 to 2019
  • First term as chairman, 2011 to 2015
  • First term as commissioner for 4th district, 2007 to 2011

Board/committee assignments as chairman

Duties

Under the auspices of the Home Rule Charter, the chairman is elected by popular ballot to a four-year term of office, thereby assuming the position of highest authority in Johnson County Government as its chief elected official.

As the chief elected official, the chairman represents the entire community. Functioning in a capacity similar to that of a city mayor, the chairman is thus responsible for ensuring that all laws, policies and regulations applicable to the operation of Johnson County Government are faithfully enforced and for providing leadership in the development of a future vision for the Johnson County community. The chairman serves as a focal point for the articulation and resolution of important community issues and he communicates the community's priorities at local, regional, state and national levels.

The chairman’s duties can be divided into three broad categories, which are listed below.

  • Presiding officer of the governing body: With the gavel in hand, the chairman presides over the proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners, preserving order and, more importantly, ensuring that the majority is able to transact the business of the county government while at the same time protecting the right of the minority to be heard. It is in this capacity that the chairman serves primus inter pares, or "first among equals," in a collection of dynamic elected leaders.
  • Chief elected official and administrative oversight: As chief elected official, the chairman collaborates with community leaders and stakeholders to identify, prioritize and develop policy proposals aimed at enhancing and improving the quality of life enjoyed by Johnson Countians. The chairman, being elected to represent the entire community, is thus responsible for the general activity of the county government and the effectiveness of its operations.
  • Ambassador of Johnson County Government: The chairman is the official representative of the Johnson County government, serving in a dual role as the organization’s principle spokesperson and as a public advocate.

About the chairman

I share a bond by calling Johnson County, and Overland Park, my home for more than 50 years. Your input concerning issues before the Board is important in assisting the commissioners in making the best decisions.

For most of my adult life, I have dedicated myself to public service at the community level, spanning 28 years as an Overland Park City Councilman (four years) and 24 years as mayor, as well as four years as Fourth District Commissioner. My commitment is to work hard and do the very best I can as your chairman to continue that opportunity, not only for those who reside here today but also for future generations.

Johnson County's excellent schools were the magnet that attracted me to come to Johnson County in 1965 when I moved to Overland Park from Emporia, Kansas, where I lived while teaching business classes at Lebo High School. I came to the county to become a business teacher at Shawnee Mission East High School. A year later, I left teaching to pursue my longtime career as a financial consultant.

Johnson County provides an excellent quality of life and remains a jewel that deserves good stewardship, wise leadership, constant respect and close attention to residents' voices on important issues that affect their lives. Public safety and criminal justice, public works, transportation, human services, taxes, cooperation between local governments and job opportunities are some of the challenging community issues that must be addressed by the Board of County Commissioners. Successfully addressing these challenges will require being accessible and responsive to my constituents and receiving their thoughts and opinions.

6th District Commissioner

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Shirley Allenbrand

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913-715-0436

Commissioner's message

I am a lifetime Johnson Countian with deep roots in the 6th district. I hail from a large civically engaged family. Caring about community and people have been core values in my life.

The 6th District includes the bulk of Johnson County’s unincorporated area that stretches to the southern and western county lines. It is an area marked by the traditions and hallmarks of original small towns. Approximately 40 percent of the county’s 477 square miles remains unincorporated, even though Johnson County’s population has passed the half-million mark. In addition to the rural area, the 6th District includes the communities of Gardner, De Soto and Edgerton, along with the western portions of the city of Olathe. The district also includes the townships of Gardner, Lexington, McCamish and Olathe.

Commissioner's areas of focus

6th district and county projects

Term information

  • First term, 2021 to present

Board/committee assignments as county commissioner

About the Commissioner

Born and raised in Olathe, Kansas, Commissioner Allenbrand has been working and serving the community since she was 14. She worked in the cornfields in nearby farms raising money to help take care of her parents. Her upbringing substantiated a work ethic and strong leadership throughout her personal and professional experiences.

Commissioner Allenbrand has ties to Johnson County Government. She has been an employee of Johnson County Park & Recreation District as Director of the Olathe Senior Center and received an award from Gary Hailer for appreciation of personal dedication and outstanding service. She also served on the board of The Theatre in the Park.

Commissioner Allenbrand has served in a variety of leadership roles supporting the Olathe community at large.  She is a member of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Planning Councils, American Health Care Association, and Women Who Mean Business. She is the Founder of the Shirley Fund for Cardiology Health at The University of Kansas Health Systems (UKHS). She has been appointed to the Heart-Funding Council, UKHS, Friends of Cedar Crest (KS Governor), Advancement Board (UKHS) and Olathe Planning Commission. Commissioner Allenbrand belongs to the Gardner-Edgerton and De Soto Chambers of Commerce.

Commissioner Allenbrand was employed by Nolte & Associates, P.A. and Allenbrand Interiors & Design. She established Allenbrand & Associates Design, LLC to design senior living communities. As CEO of Sweet Life, she led teams in the design and development of Elderly Continuum Living Communities, building the first-ever award-winning, and the model nationwide, for special care residence for people with Alzheimer’s disease. She has a working partnership with Chamber/Economic Development, mayors and Planning Commission for Olathe and Lenexa. She was part of the 2020 Visionary Plan for City Center, Lenexa.

Shirley resides in Olathe with her two dogs, Chase and Scout.  Her children, Travis (Heather) and Tiffany, and stepchildren Jay and Katie are proud of their mother as she serves as County Commissioner for the 6th District.

5th District Commissioner

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Commissioner Michael Ashcraft

 

Michael Ashcraft

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913-715-0435

Commissioner's message

I am honored to serve the residents of eastern Olathe and Lenexa south of 87th Street Parkway. The 5th District is the heart of Johnson County, and I appreciate your interest in your local government and look forward to hearing about your interests, concerns, ideas and views on how I can better serve the 5th District and the Johnson County community as a member of the Board of County Commissioners.

Commissioner's areas of focus

  • Evidence (Performance) based decision making
  • Value based program management

5th District and county projects

Term information

  • Third term expires 2023
  • Second term, 2015 to 2019
  • First term, 2011 to 2015

Board/committee assignments as county commissioner

Occupation

  • Ashcraft & Associates, Principal
  • ETC Institute, Senior Transformational (management) Consultant 2009-Present

About the commissioner

Commissioner Ashcraft works as a consultant with various organizational management teams applying over 20 years of experience working with state and local governments and private sector companies. He served with the Illinois Auditor General's Office before creating the expanded scope audit function for the City of Tulsa, OK and serving as the first legislative post-audit City Auditor for Scottsdale, AZ. Later, he was Comptroller for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, he also served as Team Leader of the Education Committee charged with re-engineering statewide education efforts for the Oklahoma Governor's Performance Improvement Team.

From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Ashcraft was the Organizational Effectiveness Consultant with the city of Olathe. He led award-winning community based strategic planning efforts for Olathe in 2000 and 2003. He also developed and led an award winning facilitation program which received recognition both regionally and nationally.

Currently, as the Principal of his own firm (Ashcraft & Associates) and a Senior Consultant with ETC Institute, Ashcraft offers tailored consulting services for public and private sector leaders who are concerned about people and process issues. He employs a wide variety of techniques and tools acquired throughout his diverse career to enable leaders to meet the challenges they face while building relationships and improving performance. Ashcraft focuses on enhancing attitude, aptitude and altitude for individuals, groups and communities.

Ashcraft earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Alabama and studied public administration at the University of Kansas (2009-2010).

4th District Commissioner

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Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick

 

Janeé Hanzlick

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913-715-0434

Commissioner's message

The 4th District is a vibrant and unique place. It is the only district located completely within one city (Overland Park). The district includes a variety of residential communities, two outstanding school districts, four major hospitals, the Sprint campus, Stoll Park, Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, Johnson County Community College, and numerous corporate and retail businesses.

As the 4th District Commissioner, I am committed to addressing challenges and securing lasting and meaningful improvements to our lives in Johnson County. I want to ensure that Johnson County remains an outstanding place for all people to live and raise families, and where businesses can flourish and enrich our local economy.

Commissioner's areas of focus

4th District and county projects

Term information

  • First term expires 2023
  • First term, 2019 to present

Board/committee assignments as county commissioner

About the Commissioner

Janeé Hanzlick was elected in 2019. She is the former CEO of SAFEHOME, Johnson County’s domestic violence agency, where she spent 20 years working for a safer, stronger community. She was a leader in implementing the Johnson County Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), a collaboration between the District Attorney’s Office, law enforcement and SAFEHOME, that significantly reduced domestic homicides in our county. At SAFEHOME, she also oversaw two successful facility expansions that doubled the agency’s capacity. She served as a key spokesperson to the Kansas Legislature on issues related to funding and legislation impacting victims of domestic violence and their children in Johnson County.

Other experience includes serving as the past president of the Johnson County Community Violence Action Council (COMVAC), current president of the Overland Park Rotary Club, graduate of 2007 Leadership Overland Park, and graduate of the Overland Park Citizens’ Police Academy.

Commissioner Hanzlick has a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and she is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in Kansas.

Commissioner Hanzlick and her husband of 32 years, David, reside in the Sylvan Grove neighborhood in Overland Park. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Margaret and Amelia, who are Shawnee Mission South graduates.

3rd District Commissioner

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Charlotte O’Hara

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913-715-0433

Commissioner's message

I am pleased to serve as your 3rd District Commissioner member of the Board of County Commissioners and have a passion for public service. I am an avid reader and ran onto this most interesting quote written 2,400 years ago which seems extremely timely:  from Plato's Republic, Socrates speaking: “Thus Herodicus' struggles against death left him no time for the business of life.”  Time to get back to the business of life.

District 3 encompasses the southeast corner of Johnson County.  It includes southern Overland Park, the southwest corner of the city of Leawood, the city of Spring Hill, the unincorporated community of Stilwell, Aubrey Township and a large portion of the unincorporated area of Johnson County.

Commissioner's areas of focus

3rd district and county projects

Term information

  • First term, 2021 to present

Board/committee assignments as county commissioner

About the Commissioner

Commissioner O’Hara was born on January 7, 1951 and was raised on a farm near Mapleton, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas University with a BS in Education. Commissioner O’Hara worked as a general contractor and developer. She now owns small industrial buildings in Olathe and has an ownership in a family manufacturing business in Olathe.

Commissioner O’Hara served as 3rd District Chair for the Republican Party from 2007-2009 and served as Representative for the Kansas 27th District from 2010-2012. In addition, she served on the City of Olathe Board of Code Review and the JoCo Heritage Trust Fund, serving as chair on both boards.

Commissioner O’Hara has 5 children and 7 grandchildren. Her hobbies include music, cooking, and horses. She loves to bike (rail to trails out of Osawatomie and Ottawa) or workout on her Nordic Trac and stationary bike. She encourages everyone to find time to put sweat equity into their health accounts and take their vitamins because C, D3, and Zinc appear to be helpful in building the immune system. Trust your own initiative for your health instead of hoping the government has the answer.

2nd District Commissioner

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Jeff Meyers

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913-715-0432

Commissioner's message

I am proud to serve as your 2nd District Commissioner. I intend to work very hard to earn and to keep the confidence of the good people of Lenexa, Shawnee and Lake Quivira as their voice on the Board of County Commissioners.

The 2nd District is defined by flourishing communities and neighborhoods, award-winning schools and a vibrant business community. The cities of Shawnee and Lake Quivira and the northern half of Lenexa are included in the 2nd District, along with a small southeast portion of Bonner Springs.

Commissioner's areas of focus

2nd district and county projects

Term information

  • First term, 2021 to present

Board/committee assignments as county commissioner

About the commissioner

Commissioner Meyers is a 38-year resident of Shawnee. He served as the Mayor of Shawnee from 2004 to 2015. Prior to being Mayor, he represented two separate wards on the Shawnee City Council for a total of eleven years and before that had served as Chairman of the Shawnee Zoning Board of Appeals from 1987 to 1992. During his time as Mayor, he was the Chairman of the Johnson and Wyandotte Counties Council of Mayors and was the Bi-State Commissioner for Union Station. Commissioner Meyers previously served as the District 2 appointment on the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Board and as its Treasurer.

1st District Commissioner

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Becky Fast

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913-715-0725

Commissioner's message

I am excited to serve as your 1st District Commissioner. My door is always open. I want to hear what services are important to you and what services we can improve upon to meet the challenges that Johnson County faces in the next years. The 1st District includes Fairway, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Westwood, Westwood Hills and northern Overland Park and portions of Leawood.

Commissioner's areas of focus

1st district and county projects

Term information

  • First term expires 2023
  • First term, 2019 to present

Board/committee assignments as county commissioner

Commissioner Fast has served the community on various other boards

  • Mid-America Regional Council Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Mid-America Regional Council First Tier Suburbs Coalition 
  • National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee​​

About the Commissioner

Becky Fast has a long history of public service and commitment to the county. She served two terms on the Roeland Park City Council and was elected unanimously to serve as council president. She is a graduate of the Johnson County Citizens Academy and the Northeast Johnson County Chamber leadership training program. She has participated in the Shawnee Mission School District MVP program, volunteering in her neighborhood schools.

Other experience includes directing public policy research at the University of Kansas, working closely with the Kansas legislature. She also served as the director of constituent services for former Congressman Dennis Moore. In that role, she helped cities in northeast Johnson County access federal funds to improve storm water management and the Turkey Creek Streamway conservation and trail corridor. Commissioner Fast has a master’s degree in public administration and social work from the University of Kansas.

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