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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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Advance voting opens at seven locations
July 20, 2020

Advance voting for the August 2020 primary election opened today, Monday, July 20, at seven locations in Johnson County.

Advance voting will remain open for two weeks before Election Day, Aug. 4.

Advance voting locations and hours are available on the Johnson County Election Office website.

Election officials have taken the following safety precautions to protect voters and elections at the seven locations:

  • Physical distancing between voters, election workers, and voting equipment.
  • Plexiglass shields to separate voters and election workers during the check-in process.
  • Personal protective equipment provided to election workers.
  • Sanitation supplies available to clean voting booths and equipment.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer available to voters.
  • Single-use pen or stylus for marking paper ballots or touchscreen voting equipment.
  • Additional signage to help voters navigate the advance voting location safely.

We also have a new three-step voting process for voters. Learn more about "MARK, VERIFY, SCAN" in the video below.

Stay safe with dangerous heat in forecast
July 20, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Johnson County, Kansas, through Sunday, July 19 with highs of 94 degrees on Friday, 95 on Saturday, and 93 on Sunday.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers the following information that will help you survive the heat.

Stay safe in the heat:

  • Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. 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.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • If you must be out in the heat, limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • 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.
  • If you must be outside, try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early morning or evening when the temperature is lower.
  • Start drinking fluids before going out in the heat. Drink plenty of water and AVOID drinks with high sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
  • Never leave a child or animal in a closed, parked vehicle during hot weather, even for a short time.
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some 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

More tips are available online at jocogov.org/article/2020/06/05/11646.

Advance voting opens Monday, July 20, at 7 Johnson County locations
July 17, 2020

Seven advance voting locations will open on Monday, July 20, and remain open for two weeks before the August primary. Locations include:

  • Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
  • Hilltop Conference Center, 7700 W 143rd St., Overland Park
  • Johnson County Northeast Offices, 6000 Lamar Ave., Mission
  • Johnson County Sunset Office Building, 11811 Sunset Drive, Olathe
  • Monticello Trails Middle School, 6100 Monticello Road, Shawnee
  • New Century Fieldhouse, 551 New Century Parkway, Gardner
  • Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E Kansas City Road, Olathe

Get location hours.

“Voters in Johnson County are used to having three ways to vote, and that includes in-person advance voting,” said Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt. “As we’ve navigated the impact of COVID-19 on this year’s elections, our top priority has been keeping voters and election workers safe and healthy while preserving those three voting options.”

The Johnson County Election Office has taken the following safety precautions to protect voters and election workers at the seven advance voting locations:

  • Physical distancing between voters, election workers and voting equipment
  • Plexiglass shields to separate voters and election workers during the check-in process
  • Personal protective equipment provided to election workers
  • Sanitation supplies available to clean voting booths and equipment
  • Masks and hand sanitizer available to voters
  • Single-use pen or stylus for marking paper ballots or touchscreen voting equipment
  • Additional signage to help voters navigate the advance voting location safely

Watch a video below about voting in the upcoming election.

School year delay and safety guidance clarification
July 16, 2020

During a joint news conference on Wednesday, July 15, Governor Laura Kelly, Kansas Department of Education Commissioner of Education Randy Watson and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman, M.D., announced the state's plan for reopening schools. The Governor announced that on Monday, July 20, she'll sign executive orders to delay the start of the school year by three weeks, and mandate mask use among other safety measures in all K-12 schools, regardless of local orders. The school year would start Sept. 9, at the earliest.

The State Board of Education does not have to approve the order for safety precautions, but will need to approve the delayed start to the school year to go into effect.

BOCC addresses COVID-19, among other items
July 16, 2020

Today, the Board of County Commissioner held its regular business session. The following were the COVID-19 related items:

  • The board held a public hearing, a necessary step to amend the county’s FY 2020 budget to accept more than $116.3 million in CARES Act funding.
  • To date the organization has identified $2,866,550 in costs which are eligible for CARES act reimbursement.
  • Dr. Sanmi Areola updated the board on our dashboard information and trends.
  • A meeting will be held next week with Johnson County hospital CEOS to work on a solution for obtaining hospital capacity and utilization data.

You can read a recap of the entire meeting at jocogov.org/boccupdate.

KC Air Show postponed
July 16, 2020

The KC Air Show Charities has made the decision to postpone its show originally scheduled for Sept. 5-6, at New Century AirCenter, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, due to ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns and restrictions.

The event has been rescheduled for July 3-4, 2021, at New Century, and will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as the headliner, along with a star-studded lineup of performers.

Any tickets or special seating that has already been purchased for the September show will be honored for the 2021 show.