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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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Advance voting in person begins in Johnson County
July 29, 2019

Today, July 29, is the first day of advance voting in person for the August 2019 primary, as well as the opening of the Johnson County Election Office’s new advance voting location at the New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway in Gardner. Advance voting locations open at 10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., except for the location at the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, which opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. 

The Gardner location is the seventh advance voting location in Johnson County and a welcome addition in the southwestern part of the county to serve voters who live and work in Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill, as well as other locations in southwest Johnson County

This new location will be available for the 2019 August primary election and the 2019 November general election, as well as the 2020 presidential election cycle.

Further information about all seven advance voting locations is available online.

New chief information officer joining county
July 25, 2019

Johnson County will soon welcome a new chief information officer (CIO).

Bill Nixon, who was executive vice president and chief enterprise architect at UMB Bank, is joining the county as CIO for the Department of Technology and Innovation. He’ll start work at the county on July 29, 2019.

“I’m excited to join Johnson County Government and look forward to serving this organization and our citizens,” Nixon said. “As a county resident myself, I want to increase the efficiency of and access to our technology services in this digital age.”

Learn more about Nixon’s background here.

Look for new JoCo Magazine, monthly e-newsletter announced
July 23, 2019

The Summer 2019 issue of JoCo Magazine is expected to hit mailboxes this week. This special summer fun issue of the magazine features a variety of tips and ideas for enjoying summer in Johnson County. The JoCo Staycation cover story highlights a variety of summer activities you may be surprised to learn you can enjoy here at home. Other articles include:

  • Food safety at farmer’s markets
  • Summer self-care and mental wellness
  • Ways to stay safe and healthy in the summer
  • A banquet that reunites cardiac arrest survivors with the bystanders who performed CPR

You can get a first look at the magazine online now, or check out our web extras, including a safe food storage chart for easy reference and this video about the incident support trailer coming soon to Johnson County fairs and events. 

Also new, JoCo Quarterly, the county’s external e-newsletter is now moving to a monthly format. This change reflects feedback recently received from residents.

“In our most recent communications survey, residents told us that e-newsletters are in their top three list of preferred ways to receive county news and information,” said Jody Hanson, director of public affairs and communication for Johnson County Government.“ Also, 99% of survey participants expressed interest in keeping informed about the county, so increasing the frequency of our e-newsletters can help us inform residents on our Board of County Commissioners policy decisions, programs and services and other county news.”

You can receive JoCo Monthly directly to your email inbox. Subscribe to JoCo Monthly.

Shop with food safety in mind at farmer’s markets this summer
July 25, 2019

Getting fresh produce is easier in the summer thanks to local farmer’s markets. Buying from the source allows you to visit with farmers to learn more about your food and how it was grown. Whether you purchase inside a store or outside at a market, be aware of food safety guidelines to ensure you only buy things that are safe to eat.

Here are some things to look for as you shop:

Fresh produce

Clean and fresh, no cuts or nicks
Displayed off the ground/floor

Cut or peeled produce

Displayed on/surrounded by ice
Looks fresh and cold

Meats, eggs, cheeses

Feels cold; product in cooler/on ice
Eggs are clean, cool and not cracked


Must be pasteurized, per Kansas regulations - ask vendor to confirm

Juice, cider

Pasteurized is safest

Hot prepared foods

Vendor should use a thermometer
Has a lid, steam is rising from pan


Observe vendors washing their hands

Booth/personal cleanliness

Booth, knives, and utensils are clean
Clean clothes, hands, not wiping nose.


Look for any posted food safety certifications/trainings attended


Food safety from store to table

Make food shopping your last stop. Don’t stock up on groceries then run errands. Your food could spoil or lose quality.

Keep raw meat separate from other foods, as leaking meat juices can contaminate fresh produce.

Make your meat and dairy selections last. While it’s not as convenient, gather non-perishable items first, then produce, then meat, then dairy. Save frozen items for last and utilize their cold temperature by placing them close to dairy products.

At home, make sure to store your produce properly to maintain its quality and safety. Check out our printable guide to safe food storage and keep it on your fridge for reference!

Thoroughly wash all produce under hot running water even if you don’t eat the peel; dirt can transfer through to the inside. So yes, wash your onions! No need for soap or commercial produce washes; clean running water is enough. Use clean scrub brushes for tough or dimpled skin produce like potatoes and melons.

Finally, only purchase what you’ll consume between shopping trips. According to the USDA, 31% of food in the United States ends up in the landfill. That’s 133 billion pounds!

County hiring new county appraiser, director of human resources
July 19, 2019

Johnson County, Kansas – a thriving, well-educated community located in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area – is seeking a new County Appraiser and a new Director of Human Resources.

County Appraiser

The mission of the Office of the Appraiser is to achieve equalization among all classes of property by maintaining the highest standards in appraisal practices and law, guided by the goals of providing quality service to the public; developing high-performance employees by creating career ladders that recognize achievement; and by managing county growth through the creation of automated programs which expedite the work flow. Subsequent to the completion of statewide reappraisal in 1991, the County Appraiser’s Office has achieved compliance on all state requirements.

The County Appraiser is responsible for overseeing a $7.8 million budget and 87 full-time employees. Primary responsibilities of the County Appraiser include identifying, listing and valuing all taxable and exempt commercial and residential real estate and personal property in Johnson County, in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) and Kansas statues. The Appraiser must efficiently and effectively service the needs of Johnson County property owners, along with providing internal support to other departments and divisions, and the Appraiser must establish and maintain work relationships with the Kansas Property Valuation Division and assure compliance with all directives from the state.

Director of Human Resources

The Director of Human Resources will lead a team of 26 highly-skilled staff and oversee all human resources services in a high performing organization characterized by excellence in service delivery, collaboration across departments, and empowering leadership and continuous improvement at all levels of the organization.

The Director of Human Resources has three direct reports: the Deputy Director of Human Resources and two Human Resources Managers. The Director of Human Resources reports to the County Manager and serves as an internal consultant to County Management and the Executive Leadership Team. The Director and/or other key HR staff members participate in cross-departmental teams that have organization-wide impact.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the daily operations of the Department of Human Resources (HRD), which includes recruitment, onboarding and retention of a diverse workforce; compensation and classification; employee relations; learning and development; recognition; and employee records and data.

Payroll and benefits are overseen by the Treasury & Financial Management Department, and HRD staff work closely with this department on key workforce strategies and initiatives.

Fall Classic Golf Tournament benefits food pantries
July 19, 2019

FORE! Whether you consider yourself to a pro or a duffer, two county departments, Facilities Management and the Department of Technology and Innovation, hope you’ll mark your calendar for the 15th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament. The shotgun start is 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at Tomahawk Hills Golf Course.

Sign up and prepay for the four-person scramble by Aug. 16 and receive a free ticket for the door prize drawing. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Aug. 23. Details about the event are available online.

Since 1987, employees of Johnson County Government have participated in the annual Feed the Need campaign. All donations of food and money benefit seven area food pantries serving eligible Johnson County residents.