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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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JCPRD Board of Commissioners announce Stewart’s appointment
September 26, 2019

Effective Sept. 21, Deputy Director Jeff Stewart of JCPRD assumed the chair of executive director of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.

Stewart follows former Executive Director Jill Geller, who announced her resignation in July, and has accepted a position of Parks, Recreation, and Libraries director for the city of Roseville, California.

“JCPRD has received national recognition, accolades, gold medals and accreditations for our management of parks and recreation programs,” said Board Chair Steve Baru. “That happens because we have talented staff. Because of the demonstrated talent we already have in house, we knew we wouldn’t need to look far to find our next leader. Jeff has proven his leadership skills as deputy director and the board saw him as a natural fit to step in and fill the executive director position. We are lucky to have Jeff and his talents to lead the JCPRD into the future.”

Stewart began as JCPRD’s first-ever deputy director in April 2016. He brought 22 years of previous professional parks and recreation experience and served as the director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of Gardner since March of 2000.

Prior to his 16 years with the city of Gardner, Stewart worked for about two years as recreation specialist for the Independence, Kansas, Recreation Commission, and about four years as assistant director of parks and recreation for the city of Junction City.

“I couldn’t be more honored and excited for the opportunity and trust to serve the Johnson County community as executive director for JCPRD,” Stewart said. “The future is very bright as we have the best team of dedicated professionals, commissioners, volunteers and partners that are committed to building on our rich tradition of providing the best park and recreation services in the country.” 

National Voter Registration Day - Sept. 24
September 24, 2019

National Voter Registration Day is a great reminder to get registered to vote. Voting is an important part of our democracy and getting registered to vote is the first step to getting your voice heard. If you have questions about the upcoming election, The Johnson County League of Women Voters will be on hand to register new voters, help registered voters update your names and addresses, distribute absentee ballot applications and answer your general voting questions.

There are several opportunities:

Tuesday, Sept. 24
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th St.,Overland Park, KS 66212

Thursday, Sept. 26
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee, KS 66226

Monday, Sept. 30
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Leawood Pioneer Library, 4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS 66211

When you are ready to research topics and candidates, Johnson County Library can connect you to resources that will help you make informed decisions. These resources are nonpartisan and designed to provide accurate and objective information about candidates.

Voter resources include:

Stop by during one of these upcoming sessions to get assistance from The Johnson County League of Women Voters to get your questions answered and register to vote.

 

Johnson County Government collects 160 tons of food for area food pantries
September 23, 2019

Nearly 60,000 Johnson Countians do not know where their next meal is coming from

Johnson County’s 2019 Feed the Need campaign will donate the equivalent of 160 tons of food to seven local food pantries. Campaign co-directors Jay Leipzig, director of Planning and Paul Davis, chief – EMS director announced the campaign results Thursday, Sept. 19, to the Board of County Commissioners. The announcement coincides with September being Hunger Action Month, locally and nationally.

“Our theme this year is Neighbors Helping Neighbors, which is exactly what this effort is all about,” Leipzig said. “For more than 30 years, our employees have made a difference in helping our neighbors within Johnson County.”

Johnson County’s Feed the Need involvement started in 1987 with one county department and the collection of less than one ton of food. On Thursday, Leipzig and Davis announced the 2019 campaign collected 320,000 pounds of food, both in actual food donations and cash totaling $76,909. A dollar donation represents four pounds of food. The donations will be used to provide food supplies to eligible Johnson County residents.

Three of the seven food pantries are located at the North Central, Northeast and Southwest multi-service centers and are operated by the Department of Human Services. In 2018, the food pantries served 985 households, providing 2,097 services. The Feed the Need campaign also assists four other food pantries operated by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Shawnee Community Services, First Christian Church of Olathe and Salvation Army.

This news release also addresses food insecurities in Johnson County and shares which Johnson County Government departments turned in award-winning numbers.

JoCo on the Go: Crisis Intervention Teams
October 2, 2019

During our eighth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing the county’s Crisis Intervention Team program, which promotes coordinated response between law enforcement and mental health experts. The CIT-trained officers respond to a scene involving a mental health concern to provide the right response at the right time. Tactics include de-escalation and connecting families to services. The goal is to keep everyone safe and prevent incarceration, which could make matters worse for someone in crisis.  You’ll hear from an officer helping implement this innovative strategy in the county, a county commissioner who supports the effort and a resident who appreciates the sensitive and coordinated response to her loved one.  

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this new podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode at jocogov.org/podcast.

Be prepared for severe weather
September 23, 2019

The month of September is National Preparedness Month. Johnson County has experienced its share of severe weather and some near misses just this spring. 

As Assistant Director of Community Preparedness, Trent Pittman's message is to be prepared following these three key components:

  • Be connected
  • Make a plan
  • Gather supplies

Watch for social media messaging this month from Johnson County Emergency Management with tips and videos, as well as promotion of Notify JoCo, the county’s emergency notification system.

One other way you can be prepared – use a weather radio. If you need assistance in getting it programmed and ready to go, please contact EMC at 913-715-1007. They’re ready to help.

BOCC recognizes Papercrete Works
September 19, 2019

A county program called Papercrete Works that provides community employment opportunities for people with disabilities, along with the county team who manages the program, received recognition from the Board of County Commissioners today.

Papercrete Works is a program of Johnson County Developmental Supports, a Johnson County Government agency that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Individuals served and staff work together to create papercrete (a mixture of recycled paper, water and cement) and mold it into products they then decorate and sell. Twelve individuals are part of this daily operation and earn income.

“Learning the skills it takes to be independent, earning your own wages, creating your own pieces…I know there is a lot of pride that goes into their work,” said Micah Wickstrom, Papercrete Works coordinator, who won a Leadership in Action award earlier this year for her work with this program.

To learn more about this program, we invite you to watch this video.

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