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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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Parking lot improvements coming
September 6, 2019

If you visit the Johnson County Sunset Drive Office Building located near 119th St. and Ridgeview Rd. in Olathe, you’ll notice construction work taking place in the parking lot over the next two months. This weekend, crews will kick off asphalt and concrete pavement improvements.

While the parking lot will remain open during the project, small sections of the parking lot will be temporarily closed for construction. Please watch for barricades and changes in traffic flow throughout the project, which is expected to be complete by the end of October (weather pending.)

Test your JoCo knowledge at Old Settlers
September 5, 2019

How much do you know about Johnson County? Come test your trivia skills with our Spin-to-Win wheel at Johnson County Old Settlers in downtown Olathe! We will have a booth at this event today, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. In addition to learning about the county, you’ll find experts on the upcoming 2020 Census who can answer your questions about what to expect next year, why participation is so important and how you can become a census worker.

Our booth is located just to the north of the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry St., Olathe). Other county entities represented at this event include the Johnson County Election Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management and Communications department. For more information on this event, please visit the Old Settlers website.

Fall session of Citizens Academy gets underway
September 6, 2019

Dozens of Johnson County residents, this week, began a journey to gain greater insight into their county government. The Citizens Academy Program got underway on Thursday, Sept. 5. The program seeks to enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services, encourage a unified community identity and increase participation in Johnson County boards, advisory councils and commissions.

CAP allows community-minded individuals to discover what makes the high quality of life possible in Johnson County through behind-the-scene tours, hands-on activities and conversations with county commissioners, the county manager and county staff.

Participants attend 10 three-hour weekly sessions that explore the county budget, civic engagement and volunteer opportunities.

Prior Citizens Academy participant and Overland Park resident Parri Christie encourages others to get involved.

"I kind of think I already had a little bit of a clue about what was going on, but there is so much information and so many different entities to learn about, and so it's just been a great program," Christie said.

First-ever landlord recruiter begins duties at Housing Services
September 5, 2019

Pam Harris has recently joined Johnson County Housing Services as its first-ever landlord recruiter. In this newly-created role, she will work with existing and new landlords to expand affordable housing options for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program participants.

The HCV program, commonly known as “Section 8,” provides rental assistance for qualified program participants. The county has 1,447 HUD-authorized vouchers which serve nearly 3,000 people. Rental units are provided by more than 200 private landlords. There are currently 330 applicants on the HCV program waiting list.

Harris has a lengthy and solid record of serving the vulnerable members of the Johnson County community. She brings a solid background of working closely with numerous community partners from the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Eventually, the position is expected to evolve into working with private sector developers to facilitate future development of affordable housing options.

“There are two primary risks landlords face:  payment and damage. Participation in the Housing Choice Voucher program significantly reduces both. We strive to make the landlord’s experience simple and profitable,” Harris said.

In a short time, Harris has already had favorable impact on both adding new landlords to the housing roster as well as retaining existing ones. With a focus toward expanding unit types and locations, her efforts expand choices for existing HCV program participants as well as broader distribution of housing units across the county.

More information on the HCV program, for both participants and landlords, is available here.

 

 

JoCo on the Go: Major building projects updates
September 3, 2019

During our fifth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing some of the major Johnson County building projects, including the Johnson County Courthouse and the Medical Examiner Facility. This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County Facilities Management Project Manager Dan Wehmueller, who discusses the improvements to safety, accessibility and functionality that the new courthouse brings. He also talks about whether construction is on time and on budget. And, hear from Dr. Diane Peterson, chief medical examiner with the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office, about how medical examiner office construction is going and how the facility and new equipment will improve efficiency. 

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this new podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode at jocogov.org/podcast.

Youth Leadership Summit focuses on vaping prevention
August 30, 2019

Johnson County Mental Health Center hosted the 13th annual Youth Leadership Summit today at Cleveland University in Overland Park. This year’s conference focused on vaping prevention, featuring keynote speaker Jordan Roberts, youth prevention program manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Approximately 200 student leaders from 28 middle and high schools in Johnson County took part in this one-day event focused on providing education and skills to reduce underage alcohol and drug use, preventing suicide and encouraging healthy behaviors among youth. Teams of youth and adult leaders spent the day learning from peers sharing successful prevention initiatives and left with an action plan to be implemented in their local school and community.

“We believe in the power of young people to make a positive difference in our community and want to invest in providing skills and opportunities to infuse prevention throughout Johnson County,” says Shana Burgess, director of prevention services and community relations. “This is a collaborative effort to promote good health and positive choices for our middle and high school students.”

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