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County Manager's Office

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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Drive-thru testing for those with and without symptoms on Friday, in Gardner - no appointment needed
July 9, 2020

If you live or work in Johnson County and are age 12 and older, you can get a free COVID-19 test on 8 - 11 a.m., Friday, July 10, or until supplies run out, at Gardner Edgerton High School, 425 Waverly Road, in Gardner. Children ages 12-15 years old must have a parent present in the vehicle to give verbal consent for testing.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is offering the drive-thru testing clinic on a first-come, first-served basis for anyone with or without symptoms. Traffic should enter the testing clinic off South Waverly Road, just south of West Madison Street and follow the signs. Due to a high demand for this type of testing, five testing stations will be in operation.

Those getting testing should remain in their vehicles with the windows rolled up until it’s time for their test. Testing involves using a swab to take a sample from inside the nose. The department requests that people not bring pets to the testing site to protect the safety of staff and the occupants of the vehicle.

This is the department’s eighth community testing event and is part of the county’s overall strategy to broadly test those who live and work in Johnson County.

Learn more about the county's testing plan.

Johnson County provides downloadable storefront graphics for mask mandate
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.

To assist area businesses in their efforts to communicate this order to their staff and customers, Johnson County is providing downloadable/printable graphics that can be displayed in storefront windows and throughout their buildings. We're also working on website and social media-friendly images available for use, so check back here often.

BOCC to address COVID-19, among other items, tomorrow
July 8, 2020

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will come together for their regularly scheduled meeting at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, July 9. 

Items on the agenda related to COVID-19 include:

  • Authorize funds from the state of Kansas Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • COVID-19 funding and expense report
  • COVID-19 update from public health officials
  • Review Governor's Executive Order 20-52, requiring masks/face coverings in public

View the full BOCC meeting agenda. In compliance with the Governor's executive order, those in attendance are required to wear masks. 

Watch the meeting live on the county's website or on Facebook Live.

A Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m., tomorrow as well, to discuss the proposed FY 2021 budget. The meeting will be streamed live. View the agenda.

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.

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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