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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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New Johnson County Courthouse completion and celebration
January 6, 2021

This week marks the completion of the new Johnson County Courthouse located in downtown Olathe. This new courthouse will fulfill a need that has been studied for 20 years: delivering a building that reflects the significance of the justice system in our society and will serve our community for generations to come.

A virtual celebration for the new courthouse will take place on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 8:30 a.m., prior to the weekly Board of County Commissioners meeting. The media and public can view it at boccmeetings.jocogov.org/ or on Facebook Live. Special guest speakers scheduled for the event include Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla Luckert, along with elected officials, staff and project partners. 

Court operations and services have been available during the pandemic, virtually, and will continue in that manner in the new courthouse. Questions for the District Court should be directed to 913-715-3300. The District Attorney’s office will operate just as it currently does in the old courthouse. Questions for the D.A. can go to 913-715-3000.

After Thursday’s virtual celebration, the new courthouse lobby will be open on a limited basis to members of the public who show up for a look. Sheriff’s Office and Facilities Management staff will be on hand Thursday and Friday to help visitors through/provide brief tours of the lobby and second floor viewing area, which are the only areas open to the public at this time. No courtrooms or court offices will be open to the public. 

Just like in all county buildings, masks, physical distancing and following mass gathering restrictions are required in the new courthouse. More information on this project is available here.

BOCC to say farewell to outgoing commissioners and swear in three new commissioners
January 6, 2021

The Board of County Commissioners and Johnson County Government deeply appreciate the service of outgoing Commissioners Jim Allen, Mike Brown and Steve Klika. A virtual farewell reception will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7 and can be viewed at boccmeetings.jocogov.org/.

Three new commissioners will be sworn in, along with Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden and District Attorney Steve Howe, at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11.

  • Jeff Meyers, Second District
  • Charlotte O'Hara, Third District
  • Shirley Allenbrand, Sixth District 

The commissioners will be sworn in during a virtual ceremony, which will be available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org/ and on Facebook Live.

JCDHE director provides COVID-19 update to the BOCC
January 6, 2021

On Tuesday, Jan. 5, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provided a written COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • There were 2,045 new infections last week. This is up from 1,561 the week prior. This translates to an average of 292 new infections per day. This is more than twice what was our highest number for three months.
  • When calculated as a rate, we are at 340 cases per 100,000 residents per week. Our goal is <50 new infections per 100,000 residents.
  • The positivity rate is 11.3%. Our goal is 5%.
  • The primary measure/criteria for schools is the incidence rate. Our recommended phase for the school gating criteria is the Red Zone.
  • KDHE has stood up additional testing sites throughout Johnson County at Church of the Resurrection, Shawnee Mission North, Johnson County Community College, College Boulevard Activity Center. These sites are the only ones without a minimum age requirement for testing. Appointments at these locations can be scheduled at www.gogettested.com.
  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been distributed across the state. The first priorities, determined by the state, are health care-associated workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities have started to receive their vaccines.
JoCo on the Go: Vaccine rollout update
January 5, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #74, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola addresses the state’s vaccine rollout plan and the limited amounts of vaccine available in the county. Health care workers and long-term care are in the process of getting vaccinated. As additional doses arrive in the county, find out when it will be your turn to get the much-anticipated protection from COVID-19.
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.

Snow, ice forecast for Johnson County
December 31, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Johnson County, Kansas from midnight tonight to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

According to the weather service:

  • Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches and ice accumulations up to three tenths of an inch.
  • Power outages and tree damage are possible due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible during portions of the day Friday. If you must travel, include blankets and a cell phone charger in your vehicle.

Register at NotifyJoCo to receive the latest weather alerts.

Johnson County Public Works is responsible for snow and ice removal in the UNINCORPORATED area of Johnson County - shown on this map in purple.

If you live within city limits, please contact your city directly about snow and ice removal issues. For snow and ice removal issues on a highway, please contact the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Public Works' mission during winter weather is to achieve and maintain safe traffic movement on public roadways within a reasonable time period. If, after 24 hours, you feel Public Works has missed your area in unincorporated Johnson County, please submit an online Request for Service or call Public Works at 913-715-8300. Please also report damage to private property – most commonly to mailboxes – to Public Works.

For the latest snow-related information from the county, like the county on Facebook and follow the county on Twitter.

JoCo on the Go podcast Top 10 episodes in 2020
December 31, 2020

What a year for our podcast, JoCo on the Go! Launched in August 2019, we grew our reach to 15,000 downloads in 2020 and won a first-place award from the National Association of Government Communicators. We just released episode #73 to end 2020.

JoCo on the Go focuses on everything Johnson County, discussing what’s happening and coming up in the community. This year, the topics for our podcast heavily focused on the latest information on COVID-19 from our county and state experts.  Over the last several months, we have used the podcast, as one of our many communication channels, to inform the county on the latest virus updates and strategies to stop the spread. We even talked to a family that survived COVID-19.

View this video to see the list of our top 10 episodes in 2020 for JoCo on the Go. You can also subscribe or listen to any of our podcast episodes at jocogov.org/podcast.

Thank you for listening to JoCo on the Go and we will continue sharing important info to Johnson County in 2021!