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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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Event for older adults features dozens of exhibits
October 17, 2019

A special annual event geared toward Johnson County older adults will be held Friday, Oct. 18. LIVE WELL AGE WELL, sponsored by Johnson County Park & Recreation District will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Marriott Overland Park,10800 Metcalf Ave., in Overland Park. 

LIVE WELL AGE WELL provides educational sessions on topics relevant to aging well in Johnson County. Participants can expect to spend the day connecting with service providers and vendors who work closer with older adults. A variety of health-related screenings, giveaways, bingo games and opportunities for door prize drawings will also be available.

The event will feature keynote speaker Jeff Lanza, a retired FBI agent who will present Hoodlums to Hackers and How to Prevent Cybercrime and Identity Theft.

Johnson County Government, which provides the Best Times magazine to residents 60 and older, will have a booth. There you can meet the Best Times editor Gerald Hay and enter your name to win a prize.  

County preserves records, provides access to public
October 16, 2019

What’s the oldest item in the Johnson County Archives & Records Management Department? How many tennis courts worth of space does the department use? What type of record does the public request most often from the archives?

October is American Archives Month, so we’re sharing information and interesting trivia about the County Archives Department.

The county started the Archives and Records program in 1990, and it became a department in 1992. Today, it’s a division of Records and Tax Administration.

Archives’ mission is to assist Johnson County government departments, offices and agencies in the efficient management of their records, to preserve those records of enduring value and to provide quality access to public information.

Johnson County is one of the few counties in Kansas to have a designated Archives facility. There Archives stores 35,323 holdings, including:

  • 16,250 boxes (That’s 487,500 square feet or more than eight football fields!)
  • 5,225 rolls of microfilm (That’s more than 200 miles of microfilm.)
  • 5,929 books
  • 6,694 plans

The public can access historic documents in the Archives’ research room by appointment.

Now for the answers to our trivia questions:

  1. The oldest item in Archives is a book of Land Patents of Shawnee Indians from June of 1853.
  2. Archives uses more than 16,000 square feet of space (or the equivalent of seven tennis courts) at the Facility Operations Center building in Olathe.
  3. The most requested item from the public are marriage licenses. However, Archives only has copies of marriage licenses from 1970 and before and their copies are NOT certified. Members of the public must request newer and certified marriage licenses from the state.

You can learn a lot more about the department and how to access their records on the Archives webpages.

Connecting families to resources
October 29, 2019

IRIS (Integrated Referral and Intake System) is a web-based, coordinated intake and referral communication tool that helps organizations connect the families they serve to the right resources in their communities.

IRIS links service agencies and organizations to each other, streamlining referrals to services to meet the needs of individuals and families in Johnson County. More information about IRIS is available online.

Contact Mandi LaRue, IRIS Community Champion at Mandi.LaRue@jocogov.org or 913-826-1262 at Johnson County Department of Health and Environment to include your organization in the IRIS network.

 

Last minute voter registration
October 15, 2019

The last day to register to vote or update your voter registration (name and address changes) for the general election is Tuesday, Oct. 15. Voter registration applications and instructions are available on the Johnson County Election webpage.

If you’re already registered to vote, you can double-check your voter registration, find your election day polling location, and view your sample ballot on the county’s site.

Election day for the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Advance voting will be available at seven locations in Johnson County, beginning Monday, Oct. 28. A complete list of advance voting locations and hours is also available on the Johnson County Election webpage.

City, school district, community college and water district offices will be on ballots throughout the county, as well as an amendment to the Kansas Constitution.

Last day to take the County Square online survey
October 15, 2019

The online survey for public comments on the new County Square in downtown Olathe closes at midnight. Your feedback is needed.

Construction is underway on Johnson County's new 28-courtroom courthouse at the corner of Kansas Avenue and Santa Fe Street in Downtown Olathe. When the current courthouse comes down in 2021, it will create an open space in Downtown Olathe. What are your ideas for the County Square? You can share them at this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JoCoSquare

To ensure it reflects area needs and interests, the county along with a Steering Committee will consider public feedback to develop programming concepts that include activities the public could enjoy in the new space.

Additionally, the concepts that come out of our public comments will build upon previous planning efforts, such as the Envision Olathe Downtown Plan (2003)Streetscape Master Plan and Downtown Guidelines (2003)Downtown Active Transportation Plan (2017), Olathe's Bike Share Implementation Strategy (2018), and more. The outcome will be a phased approach to programming the space.

Please watch for updates on this project at our web site.

What's the biggest improvement in JoCo this decade?
October 15, 2019

In just a few months we will wrap up this decade and head into the 2020s. We want to know what you think was the biggest improvement or enhancement in Johnson County, Kansas this decade.

You have 10 days to share with us your #DecadeInJoCo highlight from the past 10 years. On October 25, we will randomly draw one entry from all that we receive and that person will win a JoCo prize pack including a $25 gift card for a Johnson County Park & Recreation District program.

Here’s how to share your #DecadeInJoCo highlight:

  • Tweet or Facebook using #DecadeInJoCo in your post
  • Send an email to communications@jocogov.org
  • Call us at 913-715-0730 (feel free to leave a voicemail and please include your name and phone number.)
  • Drop off or send us a note at County Manager’s Office – Decade in JoCo, 111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe, KS 66061

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25.

We may use your submission in the December 2019 JoCo Magazine!

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