Joe Waters joined the County Manager’s Office in 2013 as assistant county manager, having previously served as Johnson County director of facilities for 19 years.
A School of Architecture graduate from the University of Kansas, Waters has a decade of private sector executive experience in consulting and facilities management nationwide. His extensive public service began in 1982-86 as an architect and assistant director in the Facilities Planning Office at the University of Kansas. He served Johnson County as director of facilities for two periods beginning in 1990. He left for a director position in the Raytheon Inc. organization in 1995, returning to the county in 1998.
Waters has served on numerous community boards, including Sunflower House Child Abuse Prevention Center, Olathe Economic Development Corp., and the Arts Council of Johnson County, as well as committee work with Mid-America Regional Council, American Institute of Architects, Public Technology Institute and the National Association of Counties.
He and his wife, Nancy, are metropolitan natives; they have two sons, Ryan and Sean, and reside in Leawood.