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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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BOCC proclaims September as National Preparedness Month
August 24, 2017

Today the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month. Assistant Director, Community Preparedness Trent Pittman accepted the proclamation and offered the following 2017 severe weather statistics — it has already been an extremely busy year for severe weather in JoCo!

  • 9 Flash Flood Warnings
  • 1 Flash Flood Emergency
  • 32 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings
  • 10 days under a severe thunder storm or tornado watch
  • Two 85 mph wind events
  • Baseball-sized hail March 6 and May 18
  • An EF0 tornado in Leawood March 6
  • Record flooding July 27 and Aug. 22

You can prepare for severe weather by connecting with multiple ways of receiving emergency alerts, including signing up at NotifyJoCo.org, making a plan to connect with loved ones in an emergency event in case cell networks are down and gather at least 72 hours of food, water and entertainment supplies. Visit JoCo72.org for additional preparedness tips.

Lifesaving PulsePoint app now available in our community
August 23, 2017

Local city, county, fire department and emergency medical services leaders have joined forces to bring the lifesaving PulsePoint app to the Kansas City region. The free mobile app alerts citizens trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Public safety communications centers send alerts through the app at the same time they dispatch first responders to the scene. The app also notifies users of the closest available automated external defibrillator (AED).

The American Heart Association estimates that effective hands-only CPR provided immediately after a cardiac emergency can double or triple a person's chance of survival, but only 46 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims received bystander CPR in 2016. Even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the free PulsePoint Respond app through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Once the app is installed, select the agency serving the area where you live or work to receive alerts. Users may follow more than one agency. PulsePoint is currently active in more than 2,500 cities across the country.

“The regional implementation of PulsePoint is a great example of the bistate cooperation we have among emergency services agencies in Greater Kansas City,” said Hannes Zacharias, county manager for Johnson County, Kansas, and co-chair of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee. “We’re pleased to be able to offer this great service across the metro.”

Read the full news release on Mid-America Regional Council’s website.

Free soil testing for county residents
August 22, 2017

Is your lawn stressed and blemished by bare spots? Johnson County K-State Extension wants you to know September is THE most important month for fertilizing hungry, stressed lawns. With a free personalized soil test, you can find out what kind and how much fertilizer your lawn needs. The test can help you save money, get a healthy lush lawn and reduce chemical runoff that can pollute our waterways. To get your results in time for September we encourage you to act now. Learn more online about how to get your soil tested for free.

This opportunity is offered by Johnson County K- State Research and Extension through a grant with Johnson County Stormwater Management. The basic fertility test, sufficient for most homeowner lawns and gardens, normally costs $12. 

Supervised visitation advocates needed
August 21, 2017

Johnson County Court Services is recruiting volunteers for supervised visitation advocates. If you want to help others, are over the age of 18, and have a minimum of three hours a week on Tuesday evenings to volunteer for six consecutive months; please contact us at 913-715-7566 or email Silvana.botero@jocogov.org. You will be contacted by the program coordinator for an interview. If you are selected, your references will be contacted and a background check will be performed. All volunteers also receive training. Please consider volunteering with us to gain domestic court training and family-child interaction experience! 

Register for the free Aug. 25 Recovery Conference
August 20, 2017

Johnson County Mental Health Center is holding a FREE, full day recovery conference with keynote speakers, breakout sessions and a resource fair. The recovery conference is intended for people who struggle, or have struggled, with mental illness as well as people who care for individuals with mental illness. 

There will be two separate "tracks" of breakout sessions during the conference; one track is intended for care recipients (individuals in recovery/receiving mental health services) and the other track is intended for caregivers (family members/caregivers of care recipients). A light breakfast and a boxed lunch will be provided for each participant. 

Registration is now open at jocomnhrecovery2017.eventbrite.com. If you have questions or would like to register by phone, please call 913-715-7880. Registration ends at noon on Aug. 24.

Total eclipse in the parks
August 18, 2017

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack plenty of water, purchase lunch from local food trucks, then settle in to enjoy the celestial event of the century. The 2017 solar eclipse will pass through the entire country and you're invited to view the nearly total eclipse (99.8%) with area parks and community organizations in Johnson County and the peak eclipse viewing will be at 1:08 p.m. The first 200 people at each park will receive a free pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses. Registration is not required for this event. Remember - it is extremely important to take the appropriate safety precautions in order to protect your sight during this phenomenon. The CDC has provided information on eye safety, as have several other resources.