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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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Heat advisory in effect until Thursday night
August 25, 2021

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon today to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur, according to the weather service.

Anyone who needs a place to cool down is encouraged to visit one of the Johnson County Library’s 14 branches.

Libraries offer many services in addition to a cool place to rest and restore. You can read books, magazines and newspapers, access the internet–including a wide variety of eResources–or participate in a virtual event.

Library hours vary by location. Call 913-826-4600 to check hours of operation for your nearest library branch, or visit the Library website.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment recommends the following tips to stay safe in the heat:

  • Exercise in an air-conditioned place and drink two-to-four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • Regardless of your activity level, drink more non-alcoholic fluids. Check with your doctor if you have restrictions related to fluid intake.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go somewhere cool — even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when temperatures are in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • If you must be out in the heat:
    • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
    • Try to rest often in shady areas.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
    • Protect yourself from the sun by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Although anyone can suffer at any time from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Be sure to check regularly on:

  • People aged 65 or older
  • People taking certain medications, including narcotics, sedatives and diuretics
  • Athletes who are not used to working out in warm environments
  • People who work outside
  • People who have a mental illness or are physically ill, especially with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes
JoCo on the Go: Closing the gap for those with disabilities
August 20, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #101, hear from Johnson County Developmental Supports experts about a new campaign known as Close the Gap – an effort to help families and individuals access supports for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while initiating the process to get on the waiting list for long-term services. Hear why it’s important to start the process early. Visit the campaign website for more information.

Look for JoCo on the Go where you regularly listen to podcasts.

New: No-cost mental health resource for educators
August 20, 2021

Johnson County Mental Health Center (JCMHC) has launched Elevate for Educators, an online mental health resource for any educator in Johnson County. Elevate for Educators is a digital mental wellness resource designed for educators. It is made available, at no-cost to school districts or teachers, through Johnson County Mental Health Center’s relationship with education technology innovator, EVERFI, Inc.

“Educators play such an important role in our community,” said Johnson County Mental Health Center Community Prevention Coordinator Katherine Melton, who manages the program, “So as a community, it’s important that we’re providing these educators with the support they need to maintain their mental health. This is one of several ways we can say ‘We see you. We’re here for you. You are not alone.’”

Educator mental health is a critical topic that has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic exacerbated stress levels for educators and brought with it a host of new challenges and stressors which won’t disappear when teachers around the country return to the classroom this month.

Elevate for Educators provides educators with on-demand content related to their unique mental health needs. EVERFI Elevate modules translate evidence-based best practices for mental well-being into actionable, just-in-time learning solutions for any school professional. 

BOCC approves solid waste management plan update
August 20, 2021

Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the annual update to the county’s Solid Waste Management Plan. The state of Kansas requires a Solid Waste Management Plan to ensure adequate and sustainable options for the future of solid waste in Johnson County. A comprehensive plan, approved by the Johnson County Solid Waste Management Committee and the BOCC is due every five years, with an update provided to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment every year. This annual update serves as a progress report on the goals that are established in the Solid Waste Management Plan.

"Johnson County residents can be proud of the progress we have made to create a more sustainable environment through our solid waste planning process – ensuring that we are managing waste in a responsible way now and well into the future," said Environmental Director Mary Beverly, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. "Partnership in the community is key to a successful plan, and our team works to expand and strengthen these partnerships and continually educate on source reduction, composting, recycling and household hazardous waste."

Learn more about the approved update to the Solid Waste Management Plan.

Third dose encouraged for immunocompromised individuals
August 19, 2021

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment encourages individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised to receive a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. JCDHE began administering additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to qualifying residents on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at its vaccine clinics. 

This follows the Aug. 13 news that the federal Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) to include a third dose for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, including those receiving cancer treatment among others. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Aug. 13 also announced Kansas providers could now administer this additional dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have not been authorized.

JCDHE will not request proof of individuals’ health conditions. Those who are not immunocompromised should not seek an additional dose at this time. Those who receive a third dose will be asked to complete an attestation form acknowledging they qualify under CDC criteria. For those unable to complete the form online, paper copies will be available at JCDHE walk-in vaccination clinics. Third-dose vaccines are also available at physicians’ offices and pharmacies.

2020 Census: Johnson County population grew 12.1%
August 19, 2021

The population growth in Johnson County grew by 12.1% in the past 10 years, according to additional 2020 Census results released on Aug. 12.

Johnson County’s population was 609,863, on April 1, 2020, the designated Census Day. The county had the second highest percentage of growth in Kansas with Pottawatomie County being the fast-growing county at 17.3%.  The population of Pottawatomie County was 24,348 in the 2020 Census.

Over the past 50 years, the Johnson County population has almost tripled since the 1970 Census reported 220,073 residents. The increase over the 2010 census was 65,684. This equates to about 6,500 per year,  a little slower than growth rate between 2000 to 2010 (451,086 to 544,179) with a difference of 93,093 or about 9,300 annually.

Johnson County had the best self-response rate in the 2020 Census in Kansas with 78.6% of the residents completing the census and surpassing Kansas (68.6%) and national (67%) self-response rates. Back in October 2018, Johnson County became the first Kansas county to proclaim its partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2020 Census. On April 1, 2019, Johnson County and several partners including cities, chambers of commerce and non-profits launched the Count me in JoCo outreach and education campaign to promote the importance of census participation.

According to the 2020 Census, Sedgwick County has a population of 523,824, up 5.1% from 2010. Johnson County’s population growth (65,684) was more than double what Sedgwick County gained (65,684 vs 25,459) since 2010.

Shawnee County ranked third in population at 178,909 with a slight 0.5% growth in the past decade followed by Wyandotte County with a population of 169,245, an increase of 7.5%, and Douglas County’s 118,785 population, growing 7.2% since 2010.

Four of the state’s 10 largest cities remain in Johnson County with Overland Park as the second largest city with a 2020 Census population of 197,238 followed by Olathe, fourth largest at 141,290; Shawnee, seventh largest, 67,311; and Lenexa, eighth largest, 57,434. Wichita remains the largest city in Kansas with a population of 397,532.

Overland Park had the largest amount of growth compared to cities in Johnson County with 23,866 new residents in the last decade.

Spring Hill, with a 2020 population of 4,932 in the Johnson County portion of the city, had the largest percentage of gain by growing 59% since 2010 when the county portion was 3,100. Adding the portion of the city in Miami County, Spring Hill has a total population of 7,952.

Overall, Johnson County has six of the top 10 cities in sheer growth and eight of the top 10 cities in percentages of growth.

The Kansas population increased 3% to 2,937,880, according to the 2020 Census. It was the smallest growth of the state since the 1910 Census. Eighty counties, mostly rural, out of the state’s 105 counties lost population over the past decade.

The 2020 Census placed the nation’s population at 331,449,281, an increase of 7.4% from 2010. Nationally, the Hispanic or Latino population, which includes people of any race, grew 23%. In Kansas, the Hispanic or Latino population increased to 13% from 10.5% a decade ago.

In Johnson County, the Hispanic or Latino population has grown by 24.55% from 38,989 in 2010, representing 7.16% of the county population, to 54,389 in 2020, or 8.92%.