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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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Public hearing for Sunflower Quarry expansion
January 22, 2020

A public hearing for the proposed Martin Marietta – Sunflower Quarry expansion is scheduled for January 27 at 7 p.m. before the Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board. Neighbors will have an opportunity to hear about the project and comment before the zoning board at this time.

BOCC approves dust control cost sharing program
January 17, 2020

Johnson County still has about 135 miles of gravel roads. One of the issues that comes with living on a gravel road is dealing with the dust created by traffic. The dust gets in the air, on your vehicle, in your house, and it can be a nuisance. To help with this issue, the Board of County Commissioners approved a dust control cost sharing program for 2020. In the program, a product is sprayed onto the gravel road in front of your home to help reduce the dust. The road will still look like a gravel road, but the dust created by traffic is significantly reduced.

As part of the dust control program, the county will pay for half of the cost to apply the product with the resident paying the other half. To be eligible for this program, residents must be living on a gravel road in the unincorporated area of Johnson County. The program will cover a 400-foot treatment area in front of your home. It will be limited to the first 100 people who sign up.

Application of the treatment is planned for May and June, depending on the weather and demand for the program. There are no guarantees as to the effectiveness and longevity of the dust control treatment. It is hoped that it will last the dry summer months. Annual reapplication is recommended.

In a few weeks, Public Works will release pricing information and start accepting applications. If you wish to be notified about the program once it begins, please contact Rob Callahan at 913-715-8363

View for more information on the dust control cost share program.

Don’t suffer in silence
January 16, 2020

You may have heard the terrible news recently about one of our own county employees, Georgia Leming Petsch. She was killed last week, allegedly due to domestic violence. Georgia had been a residential direct support professional with Johnson County Developmental Supports since 2016. Not only is Georgia’s untimely death a huge loss for her family, friends and county colleagues, but she was a beloved volunteer with The Rescue Project.

According to the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, domestic violence is not that uncommon; one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives – with three women in the U.S. being murdered each day by their partners.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help available.

In Johnson County:

In the Greater Kansas City Area:

Outside the Greater Kansas City Area

For more information, see these domestic violence statistics in Kansas gathered by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Johnson County celebrates employees with milestone years of service, Leadership in Action award winners
January 16, 2020

Johnson County Government celebrated 470 employees who’d reached milestones ranging from five to 40 years of service at a reception on Tuesday in Overland Park.

We also said a fond farewell and thank you to 77 employees who’d recently retired, three of whom left us with 40 years of service, and one with 41 years of service.

Assistant County Manager Joe Waters emceed the reception. County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert addressed attendees. County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson recognized the employees.

For a second year in a row, we recognized our Leadership in Action award winners. These are employees who performed above and beyond for the good of the organization or the community.

The award recognizes and rewards outstanding contributions. Thirty-one employees received a nomination, and county leadership, including the managers and department and agency directors, selected 21.

These employees innovated to substantially save taxpayer dollars, found ways to serve our residents more efficiently, took on extra work, demonstrated leadership and more work that made them stand out among their peers.

Join Kansas City's Mental Health First Aid Day
January 15, 2020

On Friday, January 31, Johnson County Mental Health Center will join mental health centers across the metro for Mental Health First Aid Day.

Each of the seven community behavioral health centers serving the KC metro will provide Mental Health First Aid training on the same day to promote mental wellness in Kansas City.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The one day, 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

The Johnson County training will take place at Johnson County Mental Health Center (6000 Lamar Ave., Ste. 130, Mission, KS) from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes lunch.

Trainings will also be offered at the following metro locations:

  • Comprehensive Mental Health (Independence, MO)
  • ReDiscover Mental Health (Lee’s Summit, MO)
  • Truman Behavioral Health and Swope Health (Kansas City, MO)
  • Wyandot Behavioral Health (Kansas City, KS)
  • Tri-County Mental Health (Parkville, MO).

Tickets for all locations are available online now.

If you have questions about the Johnson County training, please call Johnson County Mental Health Center’s Prevention Services at 913-715-7880 or email jcmhcevents@jocogov.org.

JoCo on the Go: Know your radon level
January 13, 2020

JoCo on the Go podcast episode #24 addresses radon awareness. Radon is a prevalent issue in Johnson County, with high levels being found in homes throughout our community. K-State Research and Extension agent Denise Dias shares how you can easily find out your home’s radon level. She also explains what’s safe and what needs attention. Also on the episode is Wes Hodgden, a Johnson County radon expert who helps property owners remediate radon. Dan Gathje also joins the conversation as a homeowner who had high levels of radon in his home and now has the peace of mind that the air he’s breathing is safe.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. You can purchase a radon kit for $10 at the Johnson County Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset DR., Suite 1500, Olathe. Learn more about radon.

JoCo on the Go is available where you regularly listen to podcasts. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode.