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Phone: 913-715-0725

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

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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Ensuring people with disabilities don't face discrimination in hiring
July 8, 2020

Throughout the month of July, Johnson County will remember the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Since it was enacted in 1990, the ADA has directly affected the lives of millions of people who were previously disenfranchised because of their disabilities. Diversity, equity and inclusion are priorities for Johnson County in all the services it provides to residents as well as in finding and hiring employees.

One of the people who directly benefited from the ADA’s protections was De Linda Brite, a case manager for Deaf Adult Services with Johnson County Developmental Supports.

“[The ADA] has impacted me immensely,” said Brite. “I remember watching President Bush signing this into law, wondering just how much would it actually support me and my rights. Let’s see, if it wasn’t for this law, I would not have had this opportunity to gain all those years of experiences in human services (and two college degrees) and I would most likely not be working with Johnson County Mental Health. I would not have an interpreter in the delivery room, signing ‘It’s a GIRL!,’ moments after I gave birth. I would not be able to order a pizza delivery on my own. I would not be able to sit in my recliner and watch a favorite TV show with captions, and I would not be able to call my mother through a videophone to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.”

Hear more from De Linda Brite and learn more about the history of the ADA in the next edition of JoCo Magazine, coming in September.

If it seems “fishy,” it is “phishy”
July 8, 2020

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a lot of COVID-19 scammers out there, making cybersecurity more important than ever.

The FTC is warning the public of a phishing campaign where victims are promised money from a COVID 19 “Global Empowerment Fund’ from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This scam email asks you to respond with your bank information so they can transfer the funds.

Another scam is targeting college students via email claiming to be from the “Financial Aid Department” of the university. The email tries to bait the victim into clicking on a link to obtain message about the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Check. The link is claiming to be a portal requiring the university/student log in. 

Not only could the scammer obtain personal information, the victims could also download malware on their device.

Economic Stimulus payments are coming from the Internal revenue Service (IRS). The funds will not come from other sources. You will receive communications only through the IRS website, mail, or by calling in and checking the status. 

A couple of hints that it’s a scam

  • The message makes you feel panic or fearful by emphasizing the urgency or scarcity of the product.
  • It plays on your emotions.
  • There are a lot of grammatical errors in the message.
  • The email address or web address is questionable.

Play it safe: Avoid these most common passwords

  • 12345
  • Qwerty
  • Password or combination p@ssw0rd
  • 12345678
  • Letmein
  • Iloveyou
  • 1234567
  • 123456789
  • Football
  • Fall2019
  • Winter2020
  • Any sports teams – Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Tigers, Wildcats

Password do’s and don’ts

Dos

  • Use a combination of letters, numbers, symbols with upper- and lower-case letters.
  • Use a pass phrase instead of a password.
  • Use a different password to protect confidential information.
  • Add two-factor when you can.

Don’ts

  • Use your username or email address as your password.
  • Use your email password for any other site.
  • Use a password again if it was breached.
  • Use easily guessed passwords.

Steps to take

If you spot something that looks like a phishing scam, report it.

Forward the message to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (an organization which includes ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions, and law enforcement agencies) at reportphishing@apwg.org.

You can also report phishing to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Appointment-based coronavirus (COVID-19) testing available to those with and without symptoms
July 8, 2020

Appointment-based testing is available to those with and without symptoms at 11875 S. Sunset Dr., Olathe (south side of the building). 

  • 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday-Thursday
  • 4 - 7 p.m., every Tuesday
  • 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., every other Friday (starting July 17)
  • DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING. Wait inside your vehicle with the windows rolled up until it's time for your test.
  • No photos, video or audio recordings during the testing process

Make an appointment.

Additional resources to stop the spread of COVID-19
July 8, 2020

Mask use

Learn about cloth mask recommendations.

Get information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the use of masks.

What if I get sick?

Get guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Who to call with questions about COVID-19?

Call the Johnson County COVID-19 hotline at 913-715-CV19 (2819), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Spanish language available through same number. You can also call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317, after business hours. You can email questions to covid-19@ks.gov or use a chat bot at kdheks.gov/coronavirus.

Travel-related quarantine

Visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Travel & Exposure Related Isolation/Quarantine webpage

Visit our frequently asked questions

We have a webpage for the common questions surrounding COVID-19.

Johnson County enforcement of Governor's executive order requiring masks
July 8, 2020

On Thursday, July 2, Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order #20-52 requiring that most Kansans must wear a mask while in public spaces, and in outdoor spaces where individuals are unable to maintain physical distancing of six feet. That same day, the Board of County Commissioners voted in support of that mandate.

If you are seeking enforcement of the Governor's mask order, contact the consumer fraud hotline at the District Attorney's Office, 913-715-3003. DO NOT CALL 911.

The Governor’s Executive Order #20-52, requiring masks, is currently in place until Sept. 15. Pursuant to House Bill 2016, the duration of this executive order would only change if the order is rescinded by the Governor, the order is revoked by concurrent resolution of the Kansas Legislature, or the state of disaster emergency (currently set to terminate on Sept.15) is extended in time by the Kansas Legislature.

JoCo on the Go: Family survives COVID-19
July 7, 2020

On JoCo on the Go, episode #48, hear from the Green family of Johnson County. In March, their daughters got sick and then Jason and Katy started feeling ill. Within a short time, they were both in the hospital. Katy went home to her daughters as they said over the phone what could have been their final goodbyes to their loved one, just before Jason was put on a ventilator for 18 days. He and his family survived COVID-19 and are sharing their story to help stop the spread of the illness, and so others never have to endure what they faced.

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts. Learn more about JoCo on the Go and get a complete transcript of this episode.

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